Winter and summer steelhead smolt stocking

Steelhead smolts are released by state, tribal, federal and regional enhancement groups into river systems in Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the coast, and the Columbia River and its tributaries each year.

2017

State, tribal, federal and regional enhancement groups steelhead smolt releases in release year 2017. The majority of the adult returns from these releases are expected during the 2018-2019 winter and 2019 summer seasons. Some releases are associated with supplementation efforts and research and are not intended to augment harvest opportunity.

Puget Sound

Region Basin Release Location Name Winter Summer
Hood Canal Duckabush River DUCKABUSH R  16.0351 10 0
Hood Canal Skokomish River NF SKOKOMISH DAM #2 POOL 8,528 0
Hood Canal West Kitsap Peninsula DEWATTO R    15.0420 216 0
Strait of Juan de Fuca Dungeness River DUNGENESS R  18.0018 10,195 0
Strait of Juan de Fuca Elwha River LOWER ELWHA HATCH - HOUSE 175,000 0
Strait of Juan de Fuca Hoko River HOKO R. 19.0148 AT HOKO FALLS HATCHERY 23,982 0
Strait of Juan de Fuca Sekiu River SEKIU RIVER 19.0203 10,732 0
Mid Puget Sound Duwamish/Green River GREEN R TRIB 09.0038 6,600 0
Mid Puget Sound Duwamish/Green River ICY CR       09.0125 0 30,644
Mid Puget Sound Puyallup River Basin - White River

28 MILE CR

10.0129

27,625 0
Northern Washington Nooksack River KENDALL CR   01.0406 140,387 0
Northern Puget Sound Snohomish River SKYKOMISH R  07.0012 134,411 115,868
Northern Puget Sound Snohomish River TOKUL CR     07.0440 66,895 0
Northern Puget Sound Snohomish River WALLACE R    07.0940 27,527 0
Northern Puget Sound Stillaguamish River STILLAGUAMISH R -NF 102,167

65,685

Puget Sound totals

  • Winter: 699,561
  • Summer: 212,197

Washington Coast

Region Basin Release Location Name Winter Summer
Grays Harbor Humptulips River STEVENS CR   22.0064 127,000 32,000
Grays Harbor Lower Chehalis River SATSOP R -EF 22.0360 64,300 0
Grays Harbor Lower Chehalis River WYNOOCHEE R  22.0260 175,570 64,000
Grays Harbor Upper Chehalis River CARLISLE LK (LEWI) 5,000 0
Grays Harbor Upper Chehalis River EIGHT CR     23.1117 24,200 0
Grays Harbor Upper Chehalis River SKOOKUMCHUCK 23.0761 87,000 0
North Washington Coast Quinault River COOK CR      21.0429 202,228 0
North Washington Coast Quinault River QUINAULT LK (GRAY) 286,265 0
North Washington Coast Queets River SALMON R     21.0139 179,871 0
North Washington Coast Quillayute River System BOGACHIEL R  20.0162 110,000 0
North Washington Coast Quillayute River System CALAWAH R    20.0175 55,000 33,000
North Washington Coast Hoh River CHALAAT CR   20.0423 81,000 0
North Washington Coast Indpendent River Basin, 
Makah Indian Reservation
TSOO-YESS R      20.0015 133,747 0
Willapa Bay Naselle River NASELLE R    24.0543 73,495 0
Willapa Bay North River NORTH R      24.0034 9,800 0
Willapa Bay Willapa River FORK CR      24.0356 42,954 0
Willapa Bay   STRINGER CR  24.0339 15,620 0

Washington coast totals:

  • Winter: 1,673,050
  • Summer: 129,000

Columbia River Basin

Region Basin Release Location Name Winter Summer
Lower Columbia River Abernathy Creek ABERNATHY CR 25.0297 6,079 0
Lower Columbia River Elochoman River BEAVER CR    25.0247 139,454 30,333
Lower Columbia River Cowlitz River Basin BLUE CR      26.0527 437,095 600,000
Lower Columbia River Cowlitz River Basin COWEEMAN R   26.0003 12,300 0
Lower Columbia River Cowlitz River Basin TOUTLE R-SF  26.0248 0 32,704
Lower Columbia River Kalama River Basin FALLERT CR   27.0017 44,125 79,570
Lower Columbia River Kalama River Basin KALAMA R     27.0002 43,908 0
Lower Columbia River Lewis River Basin LEWIS R -NF  27.0168 168,252 237,162
Lower Columbia River Salmon Creek SALMON CR    28.0059 28,851 0
Lower Columbia River Washougal River WASHOUGAL-NF 28.0200 74,479 54,968
Central Columbia River Klickitat River KLICKITAT R  30.0002 0 87,502
Little White Salmon River ROCK CR      29.0133 20,432 0
Snake River System Lower Snake River LYONS FERRY REL.SITE 0 20,917
Lower Snake River SNAKE L.MON-LTL GOOS 0 60,104
Snake River System Tucannon River TUCANNON R @ MARENGO 0 22,613
Snake River System Tucannon River CURL LAKE RELEASE SITE 0 49,545
Snake River System Grande Ronde River COTTONWOOD CR POND 0 203,016
Upper Columbia River Walla Walla River System WALLA WALLA R32.0008 0 188,720
Upper Columbia River Walla Walla River System TOUCHET R    32.0097 0 142,880
Upper Columbia River Upper Columbia River (Ringold) SPRINGS CR   36.0114 0 66,530
Upper Columbia River Upper Columbia River (Wells) COLUMBIA NEAR WELLS 0 165,550
Upper Columbia River Wenatchee River NASON CR     45.0888 0 269,868
Upper Columbia River Methow River Basin METHOW R     48.0002 0 309,282
Upper Columbia River Methow River Basin TWISP R      48.0374 0 59,226
Upper Columbia River Okanogan River Basin OKANOGAN R   49.0019 0 5,004
Upper Columbia River Okanogan River Basin OMAK CR      49.0138 0 16,016
Upper Columbia River Okanogan River Basin SIMILKAMEEN R 490325 0 69,265
Upper Columbia River Okanogan River Basin AENEAS CR 49.0243 0 5,033

Columbia River Basin total

  • Winter: 974,975
  • Summer: 2,775,808

2016

State, tribal, federal and regional enhancement groups steelhead smolt releases between April 15 and May 31, 2016. The majority of the adult returns from these releases are expected during the 2017-2018 winter and 2018 summer seasons. Some releases are associated with supplementation efforts and research and are not intended to augment harvest opportunity. 

Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca river systems

Name of Stream Winter Summer
Nooksack River 126,696 0
North Fork Stillaguamish River  122,311 19,411
Snohomish River System 240,672 181,705
      Wallace River 27,600 0
      Skykomish River 139,179 181,705
      Tokul Creek 73,893 0
Green River (King Co.) 42,557 11,800
      Big Soos Creek 0 11,800
      Icy Creek 32,557 0
      Mainstem 10,000 0
White River 30,748 0
South Fork Skokomish River 14,769 0
Duckabush River 1,700 0
Dewatto River 4,239 0
Dungeness River 10,550 0
Elwha River 93,958 0
Hoko River 33,142 0
Sekiu River 17,829 0
Sail River 15,746 0

Coastal river systems

Name of Stream Winter Summer
Tsoo-Yess River (Sooes River) 140,153 0
Quillayute River System 185,419 33,000
      Bogachiel River 130,419 0
      Calawah River 55,000 33,000
Hoh River/Chalaat Creek  45,009 0
Salmon River 169,852 0
L. Quinault River/Cook Crk 414,706 0
Humptulips River (Stevens Cr.) 133,105 32,795
Chehalis River System 380,300 62,000
      Wynoochee River 169,150 62,000
      East Fork Satsop River 81,000 0
      Skookumchuck River 100,000 0
      Upper Chehalis River 30,150 0
Willapa Bay 79,423 0
      North River 5,000 0
      Willapa River (Fork Creek) 36,684 0
      Naselle River 37,739 0

Columbia River system and tributaries

Name of Stream Winter Summer
Elochoman River 65,689 32,743
Abernathy  Creek 17,479 0
Cowlitz River System 609,429 203,326
      Cowlitz River 598,034 183,626
      Coweeman River 11,395 0
      South Fork Toutle 0 19,700
Kalama River  83,211 103,800
North Fork Lewis River 163,522 225,847
Salmon Creek (Clark Co.) 32,605 0
North Fork Washougal River  76,892 72,133
Little White Salmon  16,000 0
Klickitat River 0 90,537
Walla Walla River System 0 237,369
      Walla Walla River 0 101,594
      Touchet River 0 135,775
Snake River System 0 345,554
      Lower Snake River 0 100,857
      Tucannon River 0 44,089
      Grand Ronde River 0 200,608
Upper Columbia R. (Ringold) 0 168,315
Upper Columbia R. (Wells) 0 174,443
Wenatchee River System 0 198,913
      Wenatchee River 0 106,034
      Nason Creek 0 55,105
      Chiwawa River 0 37,774
Methow River System 0 286,410
      Methow River 0 228,494
      Twisp River 0 57,916
Okanogan River System 0 98,450
      Salmon Creek 0 44,887
      Omak Creek 0 32,763
      Similkameen River 0 20,800

2015

State, tribal, federal and regional enhancement groups steelhead smolt releases between April 15 and May 31, 2015. The majority of the adult returns from these releases are expected during the 2016-2017 winter and 2017 summer seasons. Some releases are associated with supplementation efforts and research and are not intended to augment harvest opportunity. Select system totals in italics. 

Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca River systems

Name of Stream Winter Summer
North Fork Stillaguamish River  0 76,201
Snohomish River System 178,812 190,819
      Skykomish River 144,781 190,819
      Wallace River 34,031 0
Green River (King Co.) 16,638 113,522
      Big Soos Creek 0 71,922
      Icy Creek 6,716 41,600
      Mainstem 9,922 0
White River 31,219 0
South Fork Skokomish River 18,334 0
Dewatto River 6,689 0
Duckabush River 4,713 0
Elwha River 194,795 0
Hoko River 25,468 0
Sekiu River 15,926 0
Sail River 11,110 0
Agency Creek 750 0

Coastal river systems

Name of Stream Winter Summer
Tsoo-Yess River (Sooes River) 203,124 0
Quillayute River System 179,243 32,915
      Bogachiel River 124,324 0
      Calawah River 54,919 32,915
Hoh River/Chalaat Creek  100,000 0
Salmon River 169,072 0
L. Quinault River/Cook Crk 395,612 0
Humptulips River (Stevens Cr.) 132,426 32,374
Chehalis River System 310,500 76,735
      Wynoochee River 88,740 76,735
      East Fork Satsop River 61,100 0
      Skookumchuck River 97,000 0
      Newaukum River (MS & SF) 34,500 0
      Upper Chehalis River 29,160 0
Willapa Bay 246,833 0
      North River 9,800 0
      Willapa River (Fork Creek) 87,583 0
      North Nemah River 19,675 0
      Naselle River 129,775 0

Columbia River system and tributaries

Name of Stream Winter Summer
West Fork Grays River 23,500 0
Elochoman River 65,993 29,128
Abernathy  Creek 14,470 0
Cowlitz River System 541,558 498,368
      Cowlitz River 531,558 478,395
      Coweeman River 10,000 0
      South Fork Toutle 0 19,973
Kalama River  114,476 122,162
North Fork Lewis River 181,702 235,637
Salmon Creek (Clark Co.) 37,394 0
North Fork Washougal Rv.  96,405 71,262
Rock Creek (Skamania Co.) 20,824 0
Klickitat River 0 94,500
Walla Walla River System 0 246,913
      Walla Walla River 0 110,751
      Touchet River 0 136,162
Snake River System 0 389,062
      Lower Snake River 0 75,456
      Tucannon River 0 106,871
      Grand Ronde River 0 206,735
Upper Columbia R. (Ringold) 0 197,744
Upper Columbia R. (Wells) 0 129,463
Wenatchee River System 0 264,758
      Wenatchee River 0 158,822
      Nason Creek 0 70,894
      Chiwawa River 0 35,042
Methow River System 0 246,890
      Methow River 0 194,907
      Twisp River 0 51,983
Okanogan River System 0 80,084
      Salmon Creek 0 40,000
      Omak Creek 0 20,084
      Similkameen River 0 20,000