WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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December 31, 1997
Contact: Chuck Bolland, 360-902-2255

Washington steelhead closures

OLYMPIA -- Alarmed by low returns of steelhead to the state's hatcheries, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will enact emergency closures on some steelhead fishing beginning Monday at 12:01 a.m.

The regulation also requires the release of all wild steelhead caught in state waters until further notice.

Rivers and streams in the vicinity of the key steelhead hatcheries will be closed to allow a maximum return of steelhead broodstock. The closures are:

  • Green River: Closed from 500 feet below the hatchery trap at Palmer, upstream to the outlet of the upper rearing pond.
  • Snoqualmie River: Closed from the Plumb access boat launch ramp to Snoqualmie Falls.
  • Tokul Creek: Closed
  • Skykomish River: Closed from 1,000 feet downstream from the Reiter Ponds outlet to 1,500 upstream of the Reiter Ponds outlet.
  • Stillaguamish River, north fork: Closed from the mouth of French Creek upstream to Swede Heaven Bridge.
  • Skagit River: Closed from the 530 Bridge at Rockport to the Cascade Road Bridge at Marblemount.
  • Cascade River: Closed from the mouth to Cascade/Rockport Bridge.
  • Bogachiel River: Closed from the mouth of the Calawah River to the WDFW boat launch immediately upstream of the outlet to the Bogachiel Hatchery.
  • Naselle River: Closed from the Highway 4 bridge to the Big Hill Bridge
  • Willapa River: Closed from Highway 6 bridge to Forks Creek.
The catch and release regulation for all steelhead was recommended by WDFW biologists because hatchery returns are often indicative of wild steelhead abundance. The regulation is a precaution to protect what could be a low return of wild steelhead.