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

March 3, 2021

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

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.

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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