Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

May 4, 2020

Hatchery steelhead season extended on Salmon Creek (Clark Co.)

Action: Opens angling for and retention of hatchery steelhead; selective gear rules in effect, except barbed hooks are allowed.

Effective date: March 16 through May 22, 2020

Species affected: Hatchery steelhead

Location: From the mouth to the 182nd Avenue Bridge

Reason for action: Recent changes to hatchery steelhead releases in Salmon Creek, from the Mitchell Act Biological Opinion, have resulted in the replacement of the "early" returning winter steelhead stock with a stock that exhibits 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 barbed hooks are allowed; selective gear rules are defined in the 2019-2020 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. Salmon Creek will return to permanent rules on May 23, 2020.

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 fishing seasons 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 (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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