Coastal Steelhead Management

WDFW staff with steelead

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 2020-2021 season, WDFW will continue to engage anglers to ensure that the most up to date information is available ahead of next season.

For more background information about the 2020-2021 season, which included changes to past regulations on the coast, please visit our blog post. For more information about some of our recent coastal steelhead research efforts, visit us on YouTube to see a video.

More information about our July 28 virtual Coastal Steelhead Town Hall and Workshop and future town hall meetings this fall is available in our timeline below. 

Share feedback with WDFW fishery managers: 

Post-season and pre-season timeline

  • June 2021

    Commission meeting

    WDFW staff shared a coastal steelhead update with the Fish and Wildlife Commission during its June meeting and discussed the approach for public engagement throughout the upcoming 2021-2022 season. The meeting included an opportunity for public comment. Access the presentation and meeting recording from TVW

  • July 2021

    Public Town Hall and Workshop

    WDFW fishery managers shared information about preliminary indications of 2020-2021 steelhead returns, provided an update on how to stay engaged with the planning for the 2021-2022 season and took  public feedback. 

    Meeting recording 

    View on TVW or WDFW's YouTube page

    View meeting materials

    View our calendar event listing for meeting materials and additional information. 

  • October 2021

    Pre-season preparations

    WDFW is finalizing pre-season forecasts agreement and meets with tribal co-managers to develop management plans to guide the 2021-2022 coastal steelhead season. 

  • October 2021

    Ad-hoc Coastal Steelhead Advisory Committee announced

    WDFW announced the formation of its Ad-hoc Coastal Steelhead Advisory Group. Learn more and view the member roster on our Ad-Hoc Coastal Steelhead Advisory Group web page

  • October 2021

    Public Town Hall

    Join WDFW fishery managers for a virtual public town hall to learn more about steelhead biology and management, including the Statewide Steelhead Management Plan, stock assessment, escapement numbers, creel monitoring and discussion of some possible regulatory options for the 2021/22 season. 

    Join us 

    Tuesday, Oct. 26
    5 to 7 p.m. 
    Join via Zoom webinar
    Watch via TVW 
    Join by phone: +1-253-215-8782
    Meeting ID: 868 6681 2895

    Meeting materials 

    Visit the website calendar for additional meeting materials, which will be posted as they're available. 

  • November 2021

    Public Town Hall

    Join WDFW fishery managers to learn more and share your feedback about developing fishery options priort to finalizing plans with tribal comanagers for the 2021-2022 coastal steelhead season. Exact date to be determined. 

  • November 2021

    Coastal steelhead pre-season approach identified

    WDFW fishery managers and tribal co-managers finalize management plans that guide the approach to the 2021-2022 coastal steelhead season. 

  • November 2021

    Commission meeting

    WDFW staff brief Fish and Wildlife Commission on anticipated approach for the 2021-2022 coastal steelhead season. 

  • November 2021

    Public Town Hall

    WDFW fishery managers will share the agreed-to fishing plans for the coastal steelhead season and take public feedback. Exact date to be determined. 

  • December 2021

    Seasons announced

    WDFW will announce the final approach for the 2021-2022 season. 

Coastal steelhead season approach finalized for 2022