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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
November 16, 2010
Contact: Bob Leland, (360) 902-2817
Wild steelhead retention on eight
Olympic Peninsula rivers opens Feb. 16
OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is reminding anglers that they will not be allowed to catch and keep wild steelhead on eight Olympic Peninsula rivers until mid-February.
Earlier this year, the annual opening date for wild steelhead retention was changed from Dec. 1 to Feb. 16 on eight rivers with fisheries for wild steelhead.
That change, adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission last February, applies to fisheries for wild steelhead on the Bogachiel, Calawah, Clearwater, Dickey, Hoh, Quillayute, Quinault and Sol Duc rivers. Those eight rivers are the only waters in Washington where wild steelhead retention is allowed.
The change does not affect fisheries currently under way for hatchery-reared steelhead - identifiable by their missing adipose or ventral fin.
The commission, which sets policy for WDFW, changed the opening date for wild steelhead retention to protect the early portion of the run, said Bob Leland, WDFW's steelhead program manager. He noted, however, that anglers will still have an opportunity to catch and keep a wild fish during the peak of the return in late spring.
"Making this change will help to maintain the diversity of the run - including a range of late and early returning fish - that is important in preserving the wild steelhead population," Leland said.
As before, anglers will be allowed to retain one wild steelhead per license year on one of the eight rivers. For more information on season dates and fishing rules, check the Fishing in Washington regulation pamphlet at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ .
Leland said the change is consistent with WDFW's Statewide Steelhead Management Plan, which was approved by the commission in 2008. The statewide plan, available on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/fisheries/steelhead/ , sets out a variety of conservation policies to guide fisheries management, hatchery operations and habitat-restoration programs.
Leland said anglers should be aware that the sportfishing rules adopted by the commission earlier this year also include regulations that prohibit the retention of wild steelhead on the Green (Duwamish), Pysht and Hoko rivers. The change is designed to protect wild steelhead on the three rivers, where wild runs have recently been in decline.

Olympic Peninsula fishing guides are able to bring you Salmon and Steelhead and Sturgeon limits from this Columbia River fishing hotspot. The action is non-stop for Salmon, Coho, and Silver Salmon and Chinook Salmon throughout the year in the Pacific Northwest but the absolute best fishing is at Buoy10 and during the best times local fishing guides can get limits in just a few hours.

South Sound/Olympic Peninsula

Fishing: Blackmouth fishing is off to a strong start in Hood Canal, while steelhead anglers are hoping for some rain on the northern peninsula. In the weeks ahead, a three-day razor clam dig is proposed for late March.

Anglers fishing for blackmouth salmon near Seabeck during President’s Day weekend made a good choice for starting off the season, said Steve Thiesfeld, WDFW fish biologist. "The weather was great and folks on Hood Canal did well over the weekend," Thiesfeld said. A creel check of 53 boats showed an average of one fish for every two poles.

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Fishing was considerably slower in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and southern Puget Sound. A creel check at John Wayne Marina showed 186 anglers with 21 blackmouth, while 303 anglers checked at Port Townsend Boat Haven caught 40 fish. At Point Defiance (Marine Area 11), the average was one fish for every 13 anglers.

The 33rd annual Discovery Bay Salmon Derby, held Feb. 14-6, proved successful for Tom Casey of Sequim who won the $5,000 first prize for his 18.85-pound blackmouth salmon. Ninety-nine anglers submitted 102 fish during the state’s longest-running derby.

Olympic Peninsula's finest rivers or the Sol-Duc River, Hoh River are popular. The Bogachiel River, Calawah River, Quillayute River, Queets River offer great wild Steelhead and Salmon as well as sea-run Cutthroat near Forks, WA. in heated drift boats where lodging options are available.


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Date:  March 13, 2009 

Chehalis River Basin fishing closure


Action:  A portion of the Chehalis River and its tributaries will be closed to ALL FISHING for the remainder of the winter season.                 

 Effective dates:  March 16, 2009 – April 30, 2009. 

Species affected:  Closed to fishing for ALL SPECIES upstream from Porter Bridge.  Closed to fishing for ALL SPECIES — except white sturgeon — from the mouth of the river to Porter Bridge.


Location: Chehalis River (from mouth to high bridge on Weyerhaeuser 1000 line approximately 400 yards downstream of Roger Creek upstream including all forks and tributaries and the Chehalis River, South Fork from the mouth to Hwy bridge at Boistfort School) and its tributaries; Cloquallum Creek (from the mouth to Hwy. 8 Bridge to the 2nd bridge on Cloquallum Rd), Newaukum River (South, Middle and North Forks), Satsop River and East Fork (from the mouth to bridge at Schafer State Park), Skookumchuck River (from the mouth to 400’ below outlet of PP&L/WDFW steelhead rearing pond located at the base of Skookumchuck Dam), Wishkah River (from the mouth to 200’ below the weir at the Wishkah Rearing Ponds), and Wynoochee River (from the mouth to above mouth of Schafer Creek upstream). 

Reasons for action:  Early indications are that both hatchery and natural steelhead returning to the Chehalis River basin are well below pre-season projections.  Available data indicate escapement goals will not be met.  Many independent tributaries have not achieved their spawner escapement goals in recent years; the entire Chehalis River system has not met minimum conservation goals for the last two years.  To minimize overall impact to the natural spawning population and to ensure hatchery egg-take needs are achieved, the sport fishery will be closed.   

Other information: Quinault Indian Nation has also closed their commercial fishery in the lower Chehalis River for the remainder of the winter steelhead season. 

Information Contact: Kirt Hughes or Barbara McClellan, Region 6 Montesano, (360) 249-4628

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license. Check the current WDFW “Fishing in Washington” rules pamphlet or the Fishing section of the WDFW webpage at wdfw.wa.gov for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing regulations are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500; press 2 for recreational rules; call the Shellfish Rule Change hotline, (360) 796-3215, or toll free 1 (866) 880-5431.


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I am asking for your help … to restore the Wynoochee River back to its original condition.

For the past 3 years, thousands of pieces of white plastic have been left hanging along the Wynoochee riverbanks. Fisherman, boaters, and local landowners have been complaining about this ugly mess. So you may have seen the various blogs on fisherman's websites regarding this eyesore. For this once beautiful river has now been transformed into a river lined with plastic that looks like toilet paper.

And it is only going to get worse as this plastic continues to break down into more pieces and distributes further downstream after each high-water event.

Approximately 90 feet of white plastic is used to wrap each hay bale. And thousands of pieces of plastic are in the lower 14 miles of the Wynoochee River. This plastic has also been reported in the Chehalis River and the coastal beaches.

I am organizing another clean-up event because it will not go away by just talking or complaining about the plastic mess. It will not go away on it’s own. It takes concerned folks like you and I and others to take action and clean up this mess. There is no funds or agencies going to do the work. We’re thankful that The Dept. of Fish and Wildlife has volunteered over 100 hours of staff time and boats to clean up this plastic to provide a positive fishing experience for river fishers.

To date, over 250 man-hours have been volunteered to clean up this litter. We’ve have cleaned up about 5 miles of river. We are planning another organized clean-up event this weekend.

  • May 2nd Saturday 8:00 am Black Creek boat launch

  • May 3rd Sunday 8:00 am Black Creek boat launch

We are in need of workers with either a drift boat or jet sled. Others can clean-up gravel bars via local landowners access points. I am organizing this effort... providing maps and access points...

We're trying to get all of this plastic cleaned up by early May before
most of it disappears/hidden from the new foliage... otherwise, by next fall salmon season, the plastic will re-appear after the leaves drop off.

I am sure that your clients would prefer a scenic experience with their guided Wynoochee fishing trip as compared to the rivers current condition.

So again, I am asking for your help…

Please contact me if you have any questions... and call ahead if you’re interested

Please forward this message to any and all that could give us a hand...

Thank you for you time…

Curt Holt
360-249-1212 work - WDFW

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Scott's Fishing Guide Service Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon fully guided fishing trips. Specializing in the Chehalis, Wynoochee, Satsop, Humptulips, Cowlitz, NF Lewis, Columbia river and Olympic Peninsula. Jetsled and Drift Boat trips available.

Tightlines Sportsfishing Charter & Guide Service Trophy Northwest Salmon &  Steelhead. I spend the winter and late fall on the pristine rivers of the Olympic Peninsula for fall Salmon & Northwest Steelhead Fishing. Spring, summer and early fall are the time for Ocean & Bay Salmon.

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