Action: Opens angling for and retention of hatchery steelhead; selective gear rules in effect, except use of barbed hooks is allowed.
Effective date: March 16 through May 28, 2021.
Species affected: Hatchery steelhead.
Location: From the mouth to the 182nd Avenue Bridge.
Reason for action: Recent changes to hatchery steelhead programs, 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: The hatchery steelhead daily limit during this period is 3 fish; minimum size 20. Anglers are reminded that selective gear rules are in effect during this period (except use of barbed hooks is allowed); the selective gear rules are defined in the 2020-2021 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. Salmon Creek will return to permanent rules on May 29, 2021.
Information contact: Region 5, 360-696-6211.