No Skagit River steelhead fishery for 2022


Too few wild steelhead are forecast to return to the Skagit River watershed this year for the state to allow for a steelhead fishing season.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife forecast, developed in partnership with tribes that co-manage the region’s fisheries, indicates 3,833 steelhead may return to the watershed.

That’s below the 4,000-fish forecast needed for a season. That number is part of the federal Skagit River Steelhead Fishery Resource Management Plan aimed at protecting and restoring the population, which was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2007.

As a result, “there will not be recreational or tribal commercial steelhead fisheries this winter and spring,” Fish and Wildlife announced Wednesday.