Species Management Plan
While bull trout and Dolly Varden are currently classified as game fish in Washington, they have been
red-flagged as a species of concern by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). They are
a priority species under the WDFW Priority Habitats and Species Project.
Maintaining stream-side vegetation is essential for controlling stream temperatures and providing
cover. Since very cold water and clear gravel are required for spawning and egg incubation, protecting
streams that have this habitat feature is one of the critical elements in managing bull trout.
WDFW biologists are continuing to collect the required information to better understand bull trout and
Dolly Varden, and are writing a new management plan for the species. In the meantime, newly implemented,
restrictive sport fishing regulations will help protect our state's only native char for this and
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