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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

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.

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).

 

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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