Ted's Sports Center - Reports
Welcome, Guest. Please create an account or sign in.
Please sign in to access your shopping cart.

Reports

JUNE IS HERE! LOTS OF FISHING OPPORTUNITIES!

posted by Mike on 06/01/2019

June is the month that opens up a multitude of fishing opportunities for anglers here in Washington state. Not only has the weather improved but also many fisheries. Here's a few things that you can put onto your fishing list.

 

Skykomish River is open for both steelhead & Chinook salmon. It opened this past weekend with a fairly lackluster, disappointing fishery over the holiday weekend. There was pehaps 25 - 30 steelhead caught by the bank anglers at Reiter Ponds and it has tapered off to just a few fish a day since then. The boat anglers had a handful of Chinook in the Wallace Flats / Sultan area, but also found some ho hum fishing. Hope fully things will improve on both fronts in the next few weeks.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON KIDS ONLY EVENT AT REITER PONDS

posted by Mike on 05/25/2019

Kids-only fishing opportunities at Reiter Ponds
to be held the first Saturdays of June, July, and August

Action:  Allow for juvenile fishing events targeting hatchery steelhead returning to Reiter Ponds on the Skykomish River. This section of the river will be closed to anglers 15 years and older during the times and dates listed below. 

Effective dates and times:  From one hour before sunrise until noon on the following Saturdays: June 1, July 6, and Aug. 3.

Species affected: Gamefish (steelhead)

Location:  The Skykomish River, from the Reiter Ponds outlet to 500 feet downstream of the Reiter Ponds outlet.

Rules: This 500-foot section of shoreline around Reiter Ponds will be open to juvenile anglers only (14 years old and younger) on the first Saturdays of June, July, and August. Juvenile anglers will need to obtain a free fishing license and a catch record card (available from any vendor that sells fishing licenses) to record any steelhead caught.  Anti-snagging rules apply in August.

Reason for action: Provides opportunities for juvenile anglers. 

Additional information: This event is hosted by the Snohomish Sportsman Club and Sky River Anglers. Experienced anglers will be on site, with poles and gear to assist kids ages 5-14.  To register kids for the event, or for more information contact Matt Kennedy at (206) 876-0224. A Discover Pass is required for parking at the Reiter Ponds trailhead.   

KID'S STEELHEAD DAYS

posted by Mike on 05/22/2019

https://gm1.ggpht.com/ChgLWEg_XMyvR4bRZyyqS95j9W8PXUpiLyzuFD4of8LLi7NtOHvjsq6PYlzPOHrUQGJQ4MqJZ3_CzBR4_mRlzkeVbxVYZgWZha5QdhbyyG7XaK2X7KaEDvEGF3J6GKACEUptVRItRfG2VuaLDHOJFFGYlzjV4go8fTkAnIUVK3VV19lkg31qB9EhFdRnqjtqMYrRvVvE13osVJCTnXH4ugiGho23sLUB1NaUsfk-6vmM-MOFPel1QQOVOVw6fFwMU56o07a5BEG0SaTvC7DzYiP10UKmBXNwHtnAj6Gd8ofqx9q6I0H3mccPnRc8musHGCQVNAh3jv1_xHbiJ6-LVxRHIk9aWiTghfXmOhrQB66nysgXVdY0atQ0ArqtDTeC4ZYNdWzGPQ9_ddE4-5d9VLA3jCewUVF_VHpTAudhBJZB7vy3LbKp6PvMz66asLUwzd1ZXhOHapI6PZQeIl3shyz2P8UmVe2hfljvGMa_kesUdPv24u3bOAnp5zNwuZ4YA1tmg0KZMtorWCsKFfOL1XWvdaurf_2VO0cnQEvvR5-4MAx23BFpXR8lA92yO1iXvGRjSbBmmgJss0-bhvuW5gYTaj4Wtt3z3VrLMUjhBj7scLoM5wGeJisQJMLAC82PiQs1Ngok2ePapKFEY8MtUNWZ0BVAlycYy_M8sfMo7tu8k4irwd-BJfBVkcLCVY47UlR2rvvGXhU6SoDpMTOY8XiKcT293Q=s0-l75-ft-l75-ft

 

If you have a youngster that you would like to introduce to steelheading then this is the event for you. The Snohomish Sportsman Club & Sky River Anglers have put together an event that is just for the youngsters (14 and under) to introduce them into steelheading. Taking place at Reiter Ponds on Saturday June 1st from 5am till 12pm.

Make sure that they have a license and steelhead punchcard, these are FREE for anyone 14 and younger. They can be procured at any license dealer.

Rods, reels and tackle will be provided, though if they have a special steelhead rod have them bring it along.

A section of Reiter Pond Hatchery section will be closed during this event to allow these youngsters the greatest chance of hooking and hopefully landing their first steelhead.

You must sign up for this event. Call Matt Kennedy @ (206) 876-0224 to register or for additional information.

WIND RIVER & DRANO LAKE CLOSED TO SALMON & STEELHEAD FISHING

posted by Mike on 05/20/2019

Wind River and Drano Lake to close for salmon and steelhead fishing

Action:  Closes salmon and steelhead angling in the Wind River and Drano Lake.

Effective date:  Monday, May 20, 2019 until further notice.

Species affected:  Salmon and steelhead.

Location:

  • Wind River: from the mouth to 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery.  The mouth of the Wind River is defined by the buoy line markers south of the Highway 14 bridge.
  • Drano Lake: In the waters downstream of markers on point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery and upstream of the Highway 14 bridge.

Reason for action:  Returns of upriver spring chinook to several hatchery facilities in the Columbia and Snake River basins are currently projected to fall below levels needed to meet broodstock collection goals.  These facilities have utilized spring chinook stocks collected at Little White Salmon and Carson National Fish Hatcheries for brood when shortfalls occur.  Closing the Wind River and Drano Lake fisheries will provide additional fish for these hatchery facilities and help ensure future hatchery returns and fishing opportunities.

Additional information:  WDFW will continue to monitor the spring chinook return with co-managers and National Fish Hatchery staff to determine if further fishery modification is needed.  All other permanent rules remain in effect; please refer to the Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for additional information.

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

GREEN RIVER TO OPEN MAY 25TH FOR RETENTION OF HATCHERY STEELHEAD

posted by Mike on 05/15/2019

Hatchery steelhead retention to open in the Green (Duwamish) River

Action: Allows retention of hatchery steelhead in the Green River when it opens for steelhead fishing Saturday, May 25.

Effective date:  Saturday before Memorial Day until further notice.

Species affected:  Hatchery steelhead.

Location:  Green (Duwamish) River (King County) from an east-west line extending through the southernmost tip of Harbor Island to the Tacoma Municipal Watershed Boundary Marker (1 mile downstream of Tacoma Headworks Dam).

Sections of the Green River listed as closed to fishing for all species in the 2018-19 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet will remain closed to all fishing.

Reason for action: The Green River was scheduled to be open for catch-and-release steelhead fishing when the steelhead fishery opens May 25. Pre-season forecasts indicate harvestable numbers of hatchery steelhead are available.    

Additional information:  Anglers are allowed to retain up to 2 hatchery steelhead daily per statewide gamefish rules. Steelhead minimum length is 20 inches.

Information contact: Aaron Bosworth, Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311, ext. (102).

COLUMBIA RIVER STEELHEAD / SALMON ENDORSEMENT NO LONGER REQUIRED AFTER JULY 1ST

posted by Mike on 05/02/2019

Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement no longer required beginning July 1

OLYMPIA – Anglers who fish for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River basin will no longer be required to purchase an endorsement to do so beginning July 1.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has collected an $8.75 annual fee – known as the Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement – from anglers to fish for salmon and steelhead in the region since 2010. The department has used revenue from the endorsement to monitor and enforce fisheries in the Columbia River Basin.

WDFW’s legislative authority to implement the Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement ends June 30. Anglers are still required under state law to obtain an endorsement to fish for salmon or steelhead in the Columbia River until July 1. The department will not be issuing refunds as anglers have had opportunity to use the endorsement and it remains a state requirement through June 30.

A valid fishing license – a freshwater, combination, or Fish Washington license – is required at all times to fish the Columbia River. The agency is also working on modifying the Fish Washington license package, which includes the endorsement.

In order to have fisheries in waters such as the Columbia River where there are fish protected by the federal Endangered Species Act, WDFW is required to closely monitor those fisheries and enforce regulations.

The department is assessing how the loss of revenue from the endorsement will affect salmon and steelhead fisheries in the Columbia basin once the endorsement expires, said Kelly Susewind, WDFW Director. That could mean changes to salmon and steelhead fisheries this fall and next spring.

“The endorsement provided needed funding for monitoring and enforcement activities,” Susewind said. “We’re evaluating our path forward with these fisheries, which not only provide good opportunities for anglers but also significant economic benefits to communities in the Columbia River Basin.”

WDFW had requested that the Legislature extend the Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement through June 2023. However, the Legislature did not reauthorize the endorsement, allowing it to expire at the end of June.

WDFW is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities.

HATCHERY STEELHEAD RETENTION REOPENS ON KALAMA RIVER

posted by Mike on 05/02/2019

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.

Location:  

  • 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

STEELHEAD RETENTION TO CLOSE ON LOWER KALAMA RIVER

posted by Mike on 03/30/2019

Steelhead retention fishery to close on the lower Kalama River, barbless hooks to be voluntary

Action: Closes steelhead retention on the lower Kalama River. This rule also makes the use of barbless hooks voluntary, 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: April 1, 2019 until further notice.

Species affected: Steelhead, all species.

Location:  

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

Reason for action: To date, the number of hatchery-origin winter steelhead that have returned to Kalama River hatchery facilities is much lower than needed to meet hatchery egg collection goals. Closing steelhead retention will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and help improve hatchery returns in future years.

Additional information: Retention of 3 hatchery steelhead per day remains open in the Kalama River from 1,000 feet above the fishway at the upper salmon hatchery to the 6600 Road bridge (immediately downstream of Jacks Creek), where steelhead fisheries primarily encounter summer-run fish. Retention of hatchery spring chinook is also open in the lower river, with a daily limit of 6 fish, including no more than 1 adult.

This emergency rule also implements on the Kalama River a voluntary barbless hook policy approved by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in early March. (See the news release at https://wdfw.wa.gov/news/commission-approves-modifications-its-columbia-river-salmon-fishery-policy.) Under this rule, anglers are no longer required to use barbless hooks during this fishery, although fishery managers encourage anglers to voluntarily use barbless hooks when appropriate.

LAST DAYS FOR WINTER STEELHEAD FISHING ON MANY PUGET SOUND STREAMS

posted by Mike on 02/14/2019

February 15th will be the last day of Winter steelhead fishing on many of Puget Sound rivers. The last remaining fisheries will close tomorrow, February 15th. These last areas to remain open are those hatchery terminal area such as Reiter Ponds, Wallace River, Fortson Hole and Tokul Creek. These areas were left open for a couple additional weeks to mop up the last of the surplus hatchery steelhead. Make sure to consult your regulation pamphlet to make sure of these changes.

CLARIFICATION OF FISHING REGULATIONS FOR SKYKOMISH & WALLACE RIVERS

posted by Mike on 02/01/2019

Clarifies fishing rules on the Skykomish and Wallace rivers

Action: Clarifies fishing regulations on the Skykomish and Wallace rivers. A rule change dated Jan. 14, 2019, provided confusing information on the use of a floating device in those rivers. The prohibition of the use of a floating device applies only to the Wallace River and one section of the Skykomish River.

Regulations are as listed below.

Effective date: Immediately through Feb. 15, 2019.

Species affected: All species.

Locations and rules:
Skykomish River: Rules as described in the 2018-2019 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

  • From mouth to mouth of the Wallace River: closed to fishing.
  • From the mouth of the Wallace River to the forks: Gamefish open: Dolly varden/bull trout; min. size 20", may be retained as part of trout daily limit. Other trout; min. size 8" except cutthroat trout and wild rainbow trout min. size 14". Trout daily limit: 2. In the section from 1,000' downstream to 1,500' upstream of Reiter Ponds outlet fishing from any floating device prohibited.

Wallace River:

  • From the mouth to 200 feet above the hatchery water intake: Gamefish open: Dolly varden/bull trout; min. size 20", may be retained as part of trout daily limit. Other trout; min. size 8" except cutthroat trout and wild rainbow trout min. size 14"'. Trout daily limit: 2. Other gamefish; statewide min. size/daily limit. Fishing from a floating device prohibited.

Reason for action: The Wallace River and Reiter Ponds hatcheries have now collected enough early winter steelhead broodstock to meet egg take goals. The early winter steelhead release goals are 140,000 smolt from Reiter Ponds and 27,600 smolt from the Wallace Hatchery.

Additional information: Wallace River Hatchery grounds are closed dusk through 7 a.m. daily.

Information contact: Jennifer Whitney, District 13 fish biologist, 425-775-1311 (ext. 107).

Fishers must have a current W

SKYKOMISH & WALLACE REOPEN FOR FISHING

posted by Mike on 01/14/2019

Skykomish and Wallace rivers reopen to fishing

Action:  Reopens the Skykomish and Wallace rivers to fishing as described in the 2018-2019 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

The Wallace River will also be open from 200 feet downstream to 200 feet upstream of the salmon hatchery water intake with the following rules through Feb. 15:

Gamefish open: Dolly varden/bull trout; min. size 20 inches, may be retained as part of trout daily limit. Other trout; min. size 8 inches except cutthroat trout and wild rainbow trout min. size 14 inches. Trout daily limit: 2. Other gamefish; statewide min. size/daily limit. Fishing from a floating device prohibited.

Effective date:  Immediately through Feb. 15, 2019.

Species affected:  All species.

Location:  

  • Skykomish River, from the mouth to the forks
  • Wallace River, from the mouth to 200 feet above the hatchery water intake. 

Reason for action:  The Wallace River and Reiter Ponds hatcheries have now collected enough early winter steelhead broodstock to meet egg take goals. The early winter steelhead release goals are 140,000 smolt from Reiter Ponds and 27,600 smolt from the Wallace Hatchery. 

Additional information: Wallace River Hatchery grounds are closed dusk through 7 a.m. daily.

Information contact: Jennifer Whitney, District 13 fish biologist, (425) 775-1311 (ext. 107).

PORTIONS OF SKYKOMISH & WALLACE RIVERS CLOSING TO FISHING

posted by Mike on 01/05/2019

Portions of Skykomish and Wallace rivers to close to fishing

Action:  Closes the Skykomish and Wallace rivers to fishing.

Effective date:  Jan. 7, 2019 through Feb. 15, 2019.

Species affected:  All species.

Location:  

  • Skykomish River, from the mouth to the forks
  • Wallace River, from the mouth to 200 feet above the hatchery water intake. 

Reason for action:  The Wallace River and Reiter Ponds hatcheries currently have less than half of the early winter steelhead broodstock on hand needed to meet egg take goals. The early winter steelhead goals are 140,000 smolt from Reiter Ponds and 27,600 smolt from the Wallace Hatchery. 

Additional information: Fishing will reopen when egg take goals have been met.  The Snoqualmie, Snohomish rivers and tributaries remain open as described in the fishing rules pamphlet. 

Information contact: Jennifer Whitney, District 13 fish biologist, (425) 775-1311 (ext. 107).

 

WINTER STEELHEADING

posted by Mike on 11/21/2018

Thanksgiving is the traditional kick off of Winter steelhead season. Many anglers fish the morning in search of a early returning steelhead. Though generally it's not hot fishing by any means, there is at least a chance of bringing home a nice bright Winter fish. So far we have not seen any steelhead that I would call a winter fish but we have heard that there at least have been a few that have made their way back to the Wallace hatchery. If you really want the best chance at early winter fish, then I would head to the Olympic Penn. where we have been hearing of Winter fish for awhile. The best bet would be to fish the Bogachiel or Calawah where they do have early returning hatchery fish. The other choice would be to fish the Salmon River outside the Quinault Reservation. Also consider to hire a tribal guide to fish the Salmon River or Cook Creek on the Reservation, as both streams have a early return of hatchery steelhead. Good Luck!

SALMON & STEELHEAD FISHING TO CLOSE SEPTEMBER 12TH IN PORTION OF COLUMBIA

posted by Mike on 09/12/2018

 

Most of the Columbia River closIng to salmon and steelhead fishing

OLYMPIA – Starting Thursday (Sept. 13), fishing for salmon will be closed on the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Hwy 395 in Pasco under new rules approved today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon

Deep River in Washington and other tributaries in Oregon (Youngs Bay, Tongue Point/South Channel, Blind Slough and Knappa Slough) are also closed to salmon and steelhead angling.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) already prohibited steelhead retention in much of the same area of the Columbia River several weeks ago, and the new emergency rule closes angling for both salmon and steelhead in those waters as well.

Bill Tweit, Columbia River fishery coordinator for WDFW, said the counts of fall chinook at Bonneville Dam are 29 percent below preseason forecasts, and on-going fisheries are approaching the allowable catch limits under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

"We recognize that this closure is difficult for anglers, but we have an obligation to meet our ESA goals so that fisheries can continue in the future," he said.

Tweit said the upriver fall chinook run provides the bulk of the harvest opportunity for fall fisheries, but that returns in recent years has been declining due to unfavorable ocean conditions. The preseason forecast for this year is 47 percent of the 10-year average return of upriver bright fall chinook.

The new emergency fishing rule is posted on WDFW's website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

 

STEELHEAD RETENTION TO CLOSE ON A LARGE PORTION OF COLUMBIA RIVER

posted by Mike on 08/24/2018

OLYMPIA – Starting Monday (Aug. 27), anglers must release any steelhead they intercept on a large portion of the Columbia River under a new emergency rule adopted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

The new rule, prompted by a sharp decline in projected returns of upriver summer steelhead, will be in effect until further notice from Buoy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia River to Highway 395 in Pasco.

Ryan Lothrop, Columbia River fishery coordinator for WDFW, said monitoring at Bonneville Dam now indicates that 110,300 upriver steelhead will return to the Columbia this year, down from 182,400 fish projected before the fishing season began.

The new projection is similar to the number of steelhead that returned last year, when fishery managers from Washington and Oregon closed steelhead fishing in the Columbia and many of its tributaries.

Although the new emergency rule does not close fisheries in area tributaries, that may be necessary in the weeks ahead, Lothrop said.

“Many factors are clearly taking a toll on our steelhead populations right now, including difficult ocean conditions,” he said. “We need to do what’s necessary to protect these runs.”

WDFW recently prohibited fishing for salmon or steelhead at night to protect steelhead in the same waters of the Columbia River that will close to all steelhead fishing.

That “night closure” will remain in effect from Buoy 10 to Pasco, and at the Wind River and Drano Lake, two tributaries of the Columbia River.

Lothrop said WDFW will continue to monitor the summer steelhead returns as the season progresses.

The new emergency fishing rule is posted on WDFW’s website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

 

MANDATORY STEELHEAD RELEASE ON GREEN RIVER, EFFECTIVE JUNE 2ND

posted by Mike on 05/25/2018

Action: Anglers must release steelhead in all sections of the Green (Duwamish) River beginning the first Saturday in June until further notice.

Effective dates: June 2, 2018, until further notice.

Species affected: Steelhead.

Location: Green (Duwamish) River (King County). From an east-west line extending through the southernmost tip of Harbor Island to the water pipeline walk bridge (1/2 mile downstream of Tacoma Headworks Dam).

Reasons for action: Low numbers of hatchery summer steelhead are expected to return to the Green River in 2018 due to poor survival of the 2016 hatchery steelhead smolts (caused by high water temperatures) at Soos Creek Hatchery. This regulation will protect returning adult hatchery summer steelhead and increase the likelihood of achieving broodstock collection goals this summer.

Other Information: Steelhead retention will be allowed when hatchery broodstock goals are achieved. Steelhead are defined as sea-run rainbow trout 20" in length and over.

Information contact: Aaron Bosworth, Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311 (102).

 

 

 

SKAGIT & SAUK C & R FISHERIES

posted by Mike on 04/17/2018

We have another five days of fishing on the C & R sections of the Skagit and Sauk Rivers this week, Wednesday through Sunday, April 18th - April 22nd. The fishing conditions were less than stellar this past weekend with the Sauk being out of shape and the Skagit from the Sauk downstream also being virtually unfishable. Hopefully, we'll see a tad bit better conditions this week. With better weather we should see the Sauk coming into shape and with it the Skagit from the Sauk's mouth downstream.

 

We did not hear of any fantastic fishing on the Skagit with just a fish here or there being caught. Most fished from Rockport up to Marblemount. If the Sauk does clear up a bit we should see the better fishing coming from here. We did hear of quite a number of Dollies being caught and released in the Rockport to Marblemount section.

SKAGIT & SAUK RIVERS OPEN FOR CATCH & RELEASE STEELHEADING

posted by Mike on 04/12/2018

Catch-and-release steelhead fishery to open on Skagit, Sauk rivers

OLYMPIA – A catch-and-release fishery for wild steelhead will get underway April 14 in sections of the Skagit and Sauk rivers, which have been closed to wild steelhead fishing for several years.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) made the announcement today after receiving approval from NOAA Fisheries on a proposed five-year steelhead fishery plan, developed by state and tribal co-managers to meet shared conservation objectives.

Fishery managers have scheduled openings beginning April 14-15, and continuing April 18-22, and 25-29. The fishery includes the following areas:

  • Skagit River, from the Dalles Bridge in the town of Concrete to the Cascade River Road Bridge in Marblemount. Fishing from a boat that is under power is prohibited.
  • Sauk River, from the mouth to the Sauk Prairie Road Bridge in Darrington. Fishing from a boat equipped with an internal combustion motor is prohibited.

WDFW is taking a conservative approach to the trial fishery by limiting time on the water and requiring anglers to use single-point barbless hooks to reduce injury to steelhead as the fish are released. Anglers should be aware that night closures are in effect and the use of bait is prohibited. More details on the fishery rules are available online at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=2110.

The season is based largely on the number of wild steelhead forecast to return to the basin as well as the level of monitoring and enforcement required for the fishery, said Edward Eleazer, regional fish program manager for WDFW. The fishery could close early or have additional restrictions, so anglers should check the website listed above before heading out.

"Anglers have an incredible opportunity to fish for wild steelhead on one of the renowned rivers of the west coast," Eleazer said. "To ensure there will be steelhead fishing in the basin for years to come, we're asking anglers to comply with all fishery rules and to help keep the river free of litter."

Eleazer noted the cooperation of the Skagit River tribes was essential in the development of a fishery plan and securing federal approval for this year's recreational fishery. The approved plan includes tribal fisheries, but the tribes have not scheduled steelhead fisheries this year in order to limit fishery impacts.

Puget Sound wild steelhead have been listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) since 2007. Lacking an approved fishery management plan, WDFW closed the Skagit Basin to wild steelhead fishing in 2010.

Ongoing efforts by WDFW and the tribes to protect habitat, remove fish passage barriers and improve steelhead survival in Puget Sound have resulted in increasing numbers of wild steelhead returning to the basin in recent years. 

"It's critical that this work continues in order to fully restore wild steelhead – our state fish – to the Skagit Basin," Eleazer said.

WORKSHOP ON SKAGIT BASIN STEELHEAD FISHERY

posted by Mike on 01/10/2018

WDFW to host public workshops on proposed Skagit Basin steelhead fishery

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled meetings to discuss with the public a proposed recreational steelhead fishery in the Skagit Basin, where rivers have been closed to steelhead fishing for several years.

The public meetings are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. and include the following dates and locations:

At the meetings, state fish managers will discuss a proposal to allow fisheries for wild steelhead in the Skagit, Sauk and Suiattle rivers. These rivers have been closed to steelhead fishing since 2010 due to low numbers of returning fish. WDFW is proposing catch-and-release recreational fishing for wild steelhead.

"In recent years, we've seen more steelhead returning to the Skagit Basin than before we closed the rivers to fishing," said Edward Eleazer, WDFW regional fish program manager. "Given the low number of steelhead mortalities associated with this sport fishery, we don't expect it will harm efforts to recover steelhead populations."

The Skagit Basin steelhead proposal, developed by state and tribal co-managers, is pending approval from NOAA Fisheries. The federal agency is seeking comments through Jan. 8 on the proposal, which can be found on NOAA's website at http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/fisheries/salmon_steelhead/skagit-steelhead_proposed_evalu.html.

If the proposal is approved, the state could allow a sport fishery within the next few months. During public meetings, WDFW will gather feedback on timing for the proposed fishery as well as discuss gear regulations.

TOKUL CREEK OPENS FOR FISHING

posted by Mike on 12/20/2017

Tokul Creek to open early for hatchery steelhead and other gamefish

Action: Open Tokul Creek from the Fish Hatchery Road Bridge to the posted boundary marker downstream of the diversion dam fish ladder for trout and other gamefish.

Effective dates: 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, through Feb. 15, 2018.

Species affected: Trout, hatchery steelhead and other game fish.

Location: Tokul Creek from the Fish Hatchery Road Bridge upstream to the posted boundary marker below the diversion dam fish ladder.

Rules: Tokul Creek is closed to fishing daily from 5 p.m. 7 a.m. Anti-snagging rules are in effect.

Reasons for action: This section of Tokul Creek is closed in the permanent regulations until Jan.15 to allow for winter steelhead broodstock collection at the Tokul Creek Hatchery. The Tokul Creek Hatchery facility has met those egg take goals for winter steelhead, allowing for expanded fishing opportunity in Tokul Creek.

Other information: Tokul Creek remains open from the mouth to the downstream edge of the Fish Hatchery Road Bridge as listed in the fishing rules pamphlet. Tokul Creek will close to fishing Feb. 16, 2018, to protect wild steelhead.

Information contact: WDFW Mill Creek Office, 425-775-1311

Report Archive