OLYMPIA -- The Elwha River, from the mouth to the Aldwell Lake Dam, will close
to all angling for game fish on Feb. 28 to protect an expected low return of wild
steelhead, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today.
The river will reopen to angling for game fish on June 1.
Hatchery winter-run steelhead return to the Elwha primarily from November
through February, when fishing will be open for tribal fishers and non-Indian anglers.
Wild steelhead return to the river in March and April, department biologists report.
The department cannot implement wild steelhead release because hatchery
steelhead returning to the river have not been marked with clipped adipose fins.
The department is scheduled to issue regulation changes designed to conserve
wild steelhead runs in other rivers by January.
Anglers and other persons with questions about the Elwha closure should
contact Bob Leland at (360) 902-2817.