This is Bob Kratzer Owner of Angler’s Guide Service and President of North West Olympic Peninsula Sportfishing Coalition. Please take the time to read. Our Game Commission needs to hear from you before September 18.

 The North Coast Steelhead Advisors Group to the Fish and Wildlife Commission has recently developed a multitude of steelhead management recommendations that will be considered by the Fish and Wildlife Commission sometime in the next few months.

The North Coast steelhead stocks considered for these management recommendations are the wild steelhead in the Quillayute system (Quillayute, Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Calawah, and Dickey), the Hoh River and South Fork Hoh River, and the Clearwater River.

Members of this Advisors Group have made significant compromises to reach this proposal.  However, some of the recommendations are very restrictive and will impact a number of user groups, sportfishing Guides and tackle and bait supply businesses that specialize in specific angling methods.

The key proposals that will be controversial and potentially impact user groups, guides and businesses the most are:

  • Wild Steelhead Release on all North Coast Rivers.
  • No bait use after February 15.
  • Limiting the number of guides that are allowed to operate on the North Coast rivers.
  • No fishing from a floating device on the Hoh River above Morgan’s Crossing.

There will be significant interest in these proposals.  If you have comments or concerns please write to the Fish and Wildlife Commission as soon as possible.

These proposals are attached.

Please contact the Fish and Wildlife Commission at:

Mailing Address
600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501-1091

Phone: 360-902-2267
Fax: 360-902-2448



Address your comments to:

Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Chair

Larry Carpenter, Vice Chair