From S. 277th Bridge to Auburn-Black Diamond Rd. Bridge (746)
October 18, 2017
Salmon retention to close on North Fork Toutle and Green rivers
Action: Release all salmon on the North Fork Toutle and Green rivers (Cowlitz County).
Species affected: Coho and chinook salmon.
Effective date: Oct. 21, 2017 until further notice.
Location: The North Fork Toutle and Green rivers from the mouth upstream.
Reason for action: The returns of chinook and coho salmon to the North Toutle Hatchery this year have been well below forecasts. Under current salmon fishing regulations on the North Fork Toutle and Green rivers, WDFW projects that not enough coho or chinook will reach the hatchery to meet egg take goals. Closing the salmon fishing season in these two rivers will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and help ensure future hatchery returns.
Release all steelhead in the Green (Duwamish) River
Action: Anglers must release steelhead in all sections of the Green (Duwamish) River beginning the first Saturday in June until further notice.
Effective dates: June 2, 2018, until further notice.
Species affected: Steelhead.
Location: Green (Duwamish) River (King County). From an east-west line extending through the southernmost tip of Harbor Island to the water pipeline walk bridge (1/2 mile downstream of Tacoma Headworks Dam).
Reasons for action: Low numbers of hatchery summer steelhead are expected to return to the Green River in 2018 due to poor survival of the 2016 hatchery steelhead smolts (caused by high water temperatures) at Soos Creek Hatchery. This regulation will protect returning adult hatchery summer steelhead and increase the likelihood of achieving broodstock collection goals this summer.
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