January 17, 1997
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256
Steelhead fishing areas expanded on Elochoman and Kalama rivers
OLYMPIA -- The areas open to hatchery winter steelhead fishing on the
Elochoman and Kalama rivers near Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries will be
expanded on Monday to increase sports fishing opportunities.
The department also will remove hatchery steelhead from the facilities' traps and
"recycle" them down river until Feb. 1 to give anglers additional opportunities to harvest
The two moves are designed to provide fishing opportunities while protecting wild
steelhead, which must be released. The adipose fin (on the back just forward of the tail)
has been removed from hatchery steelhead. Wild steelhead still have adipose fins.
Effective through March 15, the following emergency regulations apply to the two
- Elochoman River (at Beaver Creek Hatchery) -- open to angling 50 feet on
each side of the weir (ladder). Beaver Creek remains closed to steelhead fishing.
The Elochoman River upstream of the west fork remains closed. The entire river
closed to salmon angling Jan. 1.
- Elochoman River (at Elochoman Salmon Hatchery) -- open from 100 feet
above the hatchery trap to 200 feet below it. The river near the outlet pipes from the
most downstream of the rearing ponds is open to fishing.
Anglers should check the 1996 Fishing in Washington regulation pamphlet for
- Kalama River (at Kalama Falls Hatchery) -- open to angling from 1,000 feet
above the fishway at the upper Kalama Falls salmon hatchery to 400 feet below it.