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Hatchery Steelhead Retention Reopens On Kalama River

Hatchery steelhead retention reopens on the lower Kalama River, use of barbless hooks is voluntary

Action:  Retention of hatchery steelhead is open under permanent rule on the lower Kalama River.  The use of barbless hooks remains voluntary on the Kalama River, including when fishing under selective gear rules and in fly-fishing-only waters. All other stipulations of selective gear rules and fly fishing only rules remain in effect.

Effective date:  May 3, 2019.

Species affected:  Steelhead, all species.


  • From the mouth to 1,000 feet below the fishway at the upper salmon hatchery (i.e. Kalama Falls Hatchery):  Hatchery steelhead retention open under permanent rule.
  • From the mouth upstream to the 6600 Road Bridge immediately downstream of Jacks Creek:  Use of barbless hooks is voluntary.

Reason for action: Steelhead retention was closed on the lower Kalama River in early April due to limited number of fish returning to hatchery facilities that are needed to meet egg production goals. Over the past month, hatchery facilities on the Kalama River were able to collect additional broodstock and are projected to meet egg collection goals for hatchery winter steelhead programs.

Additional information:  The daily steelhead limit is three hatchery fish. Retention of hatchery spring chinook remains open, with a daily limit of six fish, no more than one adult.

Information contact:  Matt Gardner, District Fish Biologist, (360) 906-6746

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