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NORTH FORK OF STILLAGUMISH CLOSING TO FISHING

posted by Mike on 01/05/2019

North Fork Stillaguamish River to close to fishing

Action:  Closes the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River to fishing.

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

Species affected:  All species.

Location:  North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, from the mouth upstream to the Swede Heaven Bridge (includes the Fortson Hole area).

Reason for action:  The Whitehorse Hatchery does not have enough early winter steelhead broodstock on hand to meet egg take goals.  The goal is 130,000 smolt and the hatchery currently has 72,400 eggs on hand.

Additional information: Fishing will reopen when egg take goals have been met. 

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).

 

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/.

 

STEELHEAD CLOSING TOMORROW ON REMAINING PUGET SOUND STREAMS

posted by Mike on 02/14/2018

Tomorrow, February 15th marks the last day of steelheading on Puget Sound streams. For the past two weeks the only areas left to fish were the terminal hatchery areas, where WDFW wanted to have the last of the hatchery fish harvested. Now it's a wait and see if we might possibly get a C & R fishery on a portion of the Skagit, Sauk and Suiattle Rivers sometime in March or April. Other than that it's time to take a road trip to the coast, Grays Harbor Streams or to the Southwest streams. There's still some good fishing to be had if you don't mind a drive.

Make sure to read your regulations well!

Last Day Of Steelheading February 15th, 2016 On North Puget Sound Streams

posted by Mike on 02/12/2016

For those of you that have been chasing steelhead here in our north Puget Sound streams, you have through Monday the 15th of February to fish. After the 15th we will be closed until June. Though most rivers closed at the end of January the terminal hatchery areas of some still remained open to allow anglers to catch the last of the hatchery steelhead still in those areas. From the reports we have been receiving I think most of the hatchery fish have been caught as the fishing has slowed up considerably. After Monday you will have to travel south or west to find some fishing opprotunities.

 

One stream that should be coming on line shortly will be the Cowlitz. The B run fish should start to show up any time and provide good fishing into April. We have been also getting good reports out of the Grays Harbor streams such as the Humptulips, Satsop and Wynoochee. The OP streams have also been showing some good fishing with some really nice wild fish being caught and released. We have been seeing pictures of fish in the teens through mid twenties for awhile.

 

Just because you can't fish locally doesn't mean you have to put the rods away you'll just have to travel!

Nooksack River And Forks Close To Fishing Effective January 9th, 2014

posted by Mike on 01/08/2014

Action: Close the Nooksack River and forks to fishing.

Effective dates: Jan. 9 through Jan. 31, 2014.

Species affected: All species.

Locations:

The Nooksack River from mouth to the confluence of the North and South Forks.

The South Fork Nooksack from mouth to Skookum Creek.

The Middle Fork Nooksack from mouth to city of Bellingham diversion dam.

The North Fork from mouth to Nooksack Falls.

Reasons for action: The Kendall Hatchery has been unable to collect enough returning hatchery winter steelhead broodstock to meet egg take needs. Closure of the fishery is necessary to collect sufficient fish to meet egg take needs.

Other information: On Feb. 1 the fisheries will re-open to fishing as listed in the 2013-14 Fishing in Washington sport fishing pamphlet.

Information Contact: Brett Barkdull, 360-466-4345 ext. 270

Cascade River & North Fork Stillaguamish River Closures

posted by Mike on 01/06/2014

Portions of the Cascade and Stillaguamish rivers will close to fishing

 

Action: Portions of the Cascade and Stillaguamish rivers will be closed to fishing.

Effective dates: Jan. 6, through Jan. 31, 2014.

Species affected: All species.

Locations:

The Cascade River, a tributary of the Skagit River, from the Rockport-Cascade Road downstream to the mouth.

The North Fork Stillaguamish River, from the Swede Heaven Bridge downstream approximately 4 river miles to the French Creek confluence. This closure includes the Whitehorse Hatchery intake and Fortson Hole area of the North Fork Stillaguamish.

Reasons for action: The Marblemount and Whitehorse hatcheries have been unable to collect enough returning hatchery winter steelhead broodstock to meet egg take needs. Closure of the fisheries are needed to collect sufficient fish to meet egg take needs.

Other information: On Feb. 1 the fisheries will re-open to fishing as listed in the 2013-14 Fishing in Washington sport fishing pamphlet or sooner if egg take goals at the hatcheries are met.

Information Contact: Jennifer Whitney, Stillaguamish River 425-775-1311 ext. 107. Brett Barkdull, Skagit River 360-466-4345 ext. 270

 

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