Nez Perce Tribe

Department of Fisheries Resources Management

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Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery

The Nez Perce Tribal hatchery "NI MII PU CUY’EEMNIM SEPEEPYIMNIWEES" (A place to cause fish to grow) helps restore naturally reproducing populations of spring and fall Chinook salmon in the Clearwater River basin. The hatchery helps preserve the genetic integrity of these fish populations and, in the long term, establish harvest opportunities for tribal and non-tribal anglers.

On tribal lands next to the Clearwater River, the hatchery currently produces 1.4 million fall Chinook and 825,000 spring Chinook salmon annually. Several semi-natural rearing techniques are used to encourage the hatchery reared fish to behave like wild fish. The hatchery releases juvenile salmon at several locations throughout the basin to encourage their return as adults.

At these release sites, the fish imprint on natural stream water so they will return to that location to spawn. All sites were selected based on habitat that can support spring and fall Chinook and are within areas where tribal fishing traditionally occurred.


Fall Chinook Acclimation Sites include:

Spring Chinook Acclimation Sites include:

  • NPTH Acclimation Ponds
  • North Lapwai Valley
  • Luke's Gulch
  • Cedar Flats
  • NPTH (NATURES) S-Channel
  • Yoosa/Camp Creek
  • Newsome Creek


Project Staff

EmailDisplaynameTitleSortRankTelephoneExtension
brucel@nezperce.orgBruce LawrenceFisheries Technician II15(208) 843-7384
brettb@nezperce.orgBrett BisbeeFisheries Technician III14(208) 621-3563
carle@nezperce.orgCarl EastProfessional III/
Production Sup II
6(208) 621-3503
valg@nezperce.orgValarie GomesFisheries Technician I16(208) 843-7384
sylviam@nezperce.orgSylvia MitchellAdministrative
Specialist II
09(208) 621-3508
raym@nezperce.orgRay MontelongoFisheries Technician I16(208) 843-7384
aaronp@nezperce.orgAaron PenneyProfessional V/
Production Supv III
05(208) 621-3502
markw@nezperce.orgMark WilsonProfessional I/
Supv I Maintenance
12(208) 621-3563
bobs@nezperce.orgBob SamuelsMaintenance
Technician III
14(208) 621-3507
waynep@nezperce.orgWayne PenneyFisheries Technician III14(208) 621-3505
shawnw@nezperce.orgShawn WheelerFisheries Technician III14(208) 621-3505

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