WDFW Steelhead Rules Changes

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    FISHING RULE CHANGE
    WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
    600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

    November 22, 2000

    Low Returns Require Release of Wild Puyallup River System Steelhead for 2000/2001 Winter Season

    Action: The Puyallup and Carbon rivers will go to Wild Steelhead Release December 1, 2000. This action will close these areas to the retention of wild steelhead from December 1, 2000 through February 28, 2001. Only hatchery steelhead may be kept: hatchery steelhead are identified by a missing adipose fin or ventral fin and having a healed scar at the location of the missing fin.

    Effective date: December 1, 2000 through February 28, 2001.

    Species affected: Steelhead

    Location: The Puyallup River from the 11th Street Bridge upstream to the Soldier's Home Bridge in Orting and the Carbon River from its mouth to the Highway 162 Bridge.

    Reason for action: The preseason forecast for the Puyallup river system wild steelhead returning this winter (2000/2001) is 1,418; 71 percent of the basin's winter steelhead spawning escapement goal of 2,000. With no harvestable wild steelhead this year the wild steelhead release regulation will allow access to the returning hatchery fish with minimal impact to wild steelhead.

    Other information: Anglers should be aware that these waters will be closed to steelhead fishing, effective March 1, 2001. Anglers should check the WDFW webpage or Fishing Hotline for the latest rule information.

    Information contact: Chuck Baranski, District 11 Office, (360) 902-2719 or John Long, District 11 Office, (360) 902-2853.
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    Low Returns Require Release of Wild Skagit River Steelhead for the 2000/2001 Winter Season

    Action: The Skagit River system (Fisher Slough, Cascade River, Sauk River and Skagit Rivers) will go to Wild Steelhead Release December 1, 2000. All areas will be closed to the retention of wild steelhead from December 1, 2000 through February 28, 2001. Only hatchery steelhead may be kept: hatchery steelhead are identified by a missing adipose fin or ventral fin and having a healed scar at the location of the missing fin.

    Effective date: December 1, 2000 through February 28, 2001.

    Species affected: Steelhead

    Location: Fisher Slough from mouth to Hwy. 530 Bridge, entire Cascade River, Sauk River from mouth to Whitechuck River, Skagit River from mouth to Gorge Powerhouse at Newhalem.

    Reason for action: The pre-season forecast for Skagit River system wild winter steelhead returning this winter and spring (2000/2001) is expected to be 40 percent of the escapement requirements. With no harvestable wild steelhead this year the wild steelhead release regulation will allow access to the returning hatchery fish with minimal impact to wild steelhead.

    Other information: Anglers should be aware that these waters will be closed to steelhead fishing, effective March 1, 2001. Anglers should check the WDFW webpage or Fishing Hotline for the latest rule information.

    Information contact: Pete Castle, District Biologist, 360-466-4345 ext. 230
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    Low Returns Require Release of Wild Stillaguamish River System Steelhead for 2000/2001 Winter Season

    Action: The Stillaguamish River system (Canyon Creek, Pilchuck Creek, Stillaguamish River, North Fork Stillaguamish River, and South Fork Stillaguamish River) will go to Wild Steelhead Release December 1, 2000. All areas will be closed to the retention of wild steelhead from December 1, 2000 through February 28, 2001. Only hatchery steelhead may be kept: hatchery steelhead are identified by a missing adipose fin or ventral fin and having a healed scar at the location of the missing fin.

    Effective date: December 1, 2000 through February 28, 2001.

    Species affected: Steelhead

    Location: Canyon Creek from its mouth to forks, Pilchuck Creek from its mouth to Highway 9 bridge, Stillaguamish from its mouth to confluence of North and South Forks at Arlington, North Fork Stillaguamish from its mouth to Swede Heaven Bridge, and South Fork Stillaguamish from its mouth to the 400' below fishway outlet at Granite Falls.

    Reason for action: The preseason forecast for Stillaguamish River wild winter steelhead returning this winter (2000/2001) is expected to be 74 percent of the escapement needs. With no harvestable wild steelhead this year the wild steelhead release regulation will allow access to the returning hatchery fish with minimal impact to the wild resource.

    Other information: Anglers should be aware that these waters will be closed to steelhead fishing, effective March 1, 2001. Anglers should check the WDFW webpage or Fishing Hotline for the latest rule information.

    Information contact: Curt Kraemer, District Fish Biologist, (425) 775-1311 ext. 101
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    Low Returns Require Release of Wild Snohomish River System Steelhead for 2000/2001 Winter Season

    Action: The Snohomish River system (Pilchuck River, Raging River, Skykomish, North Fork Skykomish River, South Fork Skykomish River, Snohomish River, Snoqualmie River, Sultan River, Tokul Creek, Tolt River, and Wallace River) will go to Wild Steelhead Release December 1, 2000. All areas will be closed to the retention of wild steelhead from December 1, 2000 through February 28, 2001. Only hatchery steelhead may be kept: hatchery steelhead are identified by a missing adipose fin or ventral fin and having a healed scar at the location of the missing fin.

    Effective date: December 1, 2000 through February 28, 2001.

    Species affected: Steelhead

    Location: Pilchuck River from its mouth to 500' downstream of the Snohomish City Diversion Dam, Raging River from its mouth to Hwy 18 bridge, Skykomish River from its mouth to Forks, North Fork Skykomish River from its mouth to 1000' downstream of Bear Creek Falls, South Fork Skykomish River from its mouth to 600' downstream of Sunset Falls fishway, Snohomish River from its mouth (Burlington Northern Railroad Bridges near Hwy 529) to confluence of Snoqualmie and Skykomish rivers, Snoqualmie River from its mouth to Snoqualmie Falls, Sultan River from its mouth to 400' downstream of Diversion Dam (river mile 9.7), Tokul Creek from its mouth to posted cable marker (approximately 700' upstream of its mouth), Tolt River from its mouth to USGS trolley cable near the confluence of North and South Forks, and Wallace River from its mouth to Olney Creek.

    Reason for action: The preseason forecast for Snohomish river system wild winter steelhead returning this winter (2000/2001) is 4,600; 71% of the basin's winter steelhead spawning escapement goal of 6,500. With no harvestable wild steelhead this year the wild steelhead release regulation will allow access to the returning hatchery fish with minimal impact to the wild resource.

    Other information: Anglers should be aware that these waters will be closed to steelhead fishing, effective March 1, 2001. Anglers should check the WDFW webpage or Fishing Hotline for the latest rule information.

    Information contact: Curt Kraemer, District Fish Biologist, (425) 775-1311 ext. 101