Coastal Steelhead Management

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 upcoming opportunities to provide public feedback and learn more, please see our timeline below. To share feedback in the meantime with WDFW fishery managers, please email fishpgm@dfw.wa.gov

Post-season and pre-season timeline

2021
  • June 2021

    Virtual Town Hall

    Join WDFW fishery managers to learn more about in-season monitoring, biological sampling, and other data gathered during the 2020-2021 coastal steelhead season. 

  • June 2021

    Commission meeting

    Tune in to the June Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting to hear an update from WDFW fishery managers on the 2020-2021 coastal steelhead season. 

  • September 2021

    Steelhead Science Symposium

    Join WDFW, Coast Salmon Partnership, and the Wild Salmon Center to learn more about the latest scientific research on coastal steelhead, community science efforts underway, upcoming public presentations and feedback opportunities. 

  • October 2021

    Pre-season preparations

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

  • October 2021

    Town Hall

    Join WDFW fishery managers to learn more about steelhead biology and management, including the Statewide Steelhead Management Plan, stock assessment, and creel monitoring. Staff will also share trends and forecasts and take questions and public feedback. 

  • November 2021

    Town Hall

    Join WDFW fishery managers to learn more and share your feedback about potential fishery options for the 2021-2022 coastal steelhead season. 

  • 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. 

Coastal steelhead season approach finalized for 2022