Coastal Steelhead Management

WDFW staff with steelead

Feb. 2022 update: State announces full closure to coastal steelhead fishing to support conservation following indications of lower-than-expected returns. View the fishing rule change

WDFW is committed to helping to advance conservation of coastal steelhead while maximizing possible angling opportunities. As fishery managers delve into the scientific data and research gathered from the 2021-2022 season, WDFW will continue to engage anglers to ensure that the most up to date information is available ahead of next season.

For more information about some of our recent coastal steelhead research efforts, visit us on YouTube to see a video. You can also learn about the new Ad-Hoc Coastal Steelhead Advisory Group on this webpage.

More information about upcoming opportunities to learn more and get involved in coastal steelhead management is available in the timeline below. 

Share your feedback: 

Use our comment form below to share feedback directly with WDFW fishery managers. Note: These comments will also be shared with members of our Ad-Hoc Coastal Steelhead Advisory Group

Post-season and pre-season timeline

2022
  • Aug. 2022

    Commission meeting

    WDFW staff shared a coastal steelhead update with the Fish and Wildlife Commission's Fish Committee during its Aug. meeting and discussed the approach for public engagement throughout the upcoming 2022-2023 season. View meeting materials and a meeting recording

  • Early October 2022

    Pre-season preparations

    WDFW will finalize pre-season forecast agreements with tribal governments and meet with tribal co-managers to develop management plans to guide the 2022-2023 coastal steelhead season. 
     

  • October 2022

    Virtual Town Hall No. 1

    WDFW fishery managers will share information about preliminary indications of 2021-2022 steelhead returns, provide an update on how to stay engaged with planning for the 2022-2023 season and take feedback from the public. Meeting details will be posted as they become available. 

  • October 2022

    Fish and Wildlife Commission Fish Committee meeting

    Following the first virtual town hall, WDFW staff will provide an update to the Fish and Wildlife Commission's Fish Committee during its October meeting. Details will be posted as they become available. In the interim, those interested can view the Commission's year at a glance

  • Oct. 27, 2022

    Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting

    WDFW staff will brief the Fish and Wildlife Commission on the latest status of pre-season planning associated with coastal steelhead management. Meeting details will be posted as they become available. 

  • Early November 2022

    Virtual Town Hall No. 2

    WDFW fishery managers will hold an early November 2022 virtual public town hall to share information about steelhead biology and management, including the Statewide Steelhead Management Plan, stock assessment, escapement numbers, and creel monitoring and discuss some possible regulatory options for the 2022-2023 season. Meeting details will be posted as they become available. 

  • November 2022

    Nov. Fish and Wildlife Commission Fish Committee special meeting

    Following the town hall, WDFW staff will brief the Fish and Wildlife Commission's Fish Committee during a special committee meeting on the latest updates around the 2022-2023 coastal steelhead season. Discussion will also include an update on Coastal Steelhead Proviso Implementation Plan development. Meeting details will be posted as they become available. 

  • Mid November 2022

    Coastal steelhead pre-season approach identified with co-managers

    WDFW fishery managers and tribal co-managers will finalize management plans that guide the approach to the 2022-2023 coastal steelhead season. 

  • Mid November 2022

    Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting

    WDFW staff will provide a briefing during the Nov. 18 Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting on the latest updates in pre-season planning ahead of the 2022-2023 coastal steelhead season. 

  • Late November 2022

    Virtual Town Hall No. 3

    During this town hall, WDFW fishery managers will take public feedback and share their recommendations to the Director for the approach to the coastal steelhead season. Meeting details will be posted as they become available.

  • Late November 2022

    Fish and Wildlife Commission Fish Committee special meeting

    WDFW staff will join a special meeting of the Fish and Wildlife Commission's Fish Committee to discuss public proposals and staff recommendations. Meeting details will be posted as they become available. 

  • December 2022

    Seasons announced

    WDFW will announce the final approach for the 2022-2023 season. 

Coastal steelhead season approach finalized for 2023