What this means
In the 2016/2017 season WDFW will:
1. End the harvest of wild steelhead and rainbow trout
2. Implement a barbless rule
3. Stop the use of bait to limit impact to juvenile steelhead, smolt and resident rainbow trout.
4. Implement a no fishing from a floating device on six miles of the Hoh River. This will help provide refuge for steelhead within heavily fished river sections.
Wild steelhead face many hurdles on their way to the spawning grounds. Limiting our impact as anglers is an important step to protecting these fish. It is also an important message to fisheries managers that we are united in our desire to see these fish flourish. Recovery should not have to happen after collapse and closure, but instead through smart management and habitat restoration.