Hatchery steelhead season extended on Salmon Creek (Clark County)

March 14, 2024

Action: Opens angling for and retention of hatchery steelhead.

Effective date: March 16 through May 24, 2024.

Species affected: Hatchery steelhead.

Location: Salmon Creek (Clark County) from the mouth to the 182nd Avenue Bridge.

Hatchery steelhead rules: Minimum size is 20 inches. Daily limit is three (3). Selective gear rules are in effect, except use of barbed hooks is allowed.

Reason for action: Changes to the Salmon Creek hatchery steelhead program, resulting from the Mitchell Act Biological Opinion, have resulted in the replacement of early returning winter steelhead stocks with local stocks that exhibit a somewhat later run timing. This rule opens hatchery steelhead fishing during the timeframe outlined above and provides anglers with additional time to harvest these fish from Salmon Creek.

Additional information: Selective gear rules require the use of single point hooks and knotless nets and prohibit the use of bait. Further information regarding gear restrictions can be found in the 2023-2024 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. Salmon Creek will return to permanent rules on May 25, 2024.

Information contact: Matt Gardner, District Fish Biologist, 360-906-6746.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on definitions and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at 360-902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call toll free 866-880-5431.

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