OLYMPIA -- The Hamma Hamma and Quilcene rivers on the Olympia Peninsula
will not be planted with catchable-sized hatchery rainbow trout this year.
In the past, the two rivers have received hatchery trout plants prior to holidays
such as July 4 and Labor Day.
The plants have been discontinued due to shortages of hatchery fish. The
department also is concerned hatchery fish would compete with wild rainbow and
cutthroat trout for food and space. The planting of the hatchery fish also might lead to
the over harvest of wild trout.
Although current fishing regulations allow the retention of five trout per day with
no minimum size limit in the upper areas of these streams, department biologists
encourage fishers to release all trout less than eight inches in length. As another
conservation step, they also urge anglers to keep a maximum of two trout per day that
are eight inches in length or longer.