Let The Games Begin

wild steelhead

For the second year in a row, anglers will get the chance to chase wild steelhead during a catch-and-release fishery beginning Feb. 1 on the Skagit and Sauk rivers.

State and tribal co-managers recently agreed to move forward with this year’s fishery, which is based largely on the number of wild steelhead projected to return to the Skagit basin, said Edward Eleazer, regional fish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

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For reference, this year’s run is forecasted to be around 6,500 fish, last year’s run, was 8,000 fish.

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