Trout Unlimited’s new Wild Steelhead Initiative will be the subject at the Thursday meeting of Puget Sound Fly Fishers.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Tower Lanes Entertainment Center, 6323 6th Ave., Tacoma, with an optional $15 dinner.
John McMillan, Trout Unlimited’s Washington representative, will be on hand to discuss the initiative that aims to protect and restore wild steelhead and fishing opportunities from Alaska to California.
McMillan, an author and fishing advocate, will explain how the heart of the initiative is a new community called Wild Steelheaders United. The group is being formed to inform and organize anglers and others who care about fish.
“The initiative focuses on river systems that have high potential to support robust, fishable wild-steelhead populations, while accepting that properly managed steelhead hatcheries may be appropriate to provide fishing and harvest opportunity in rivers that no longer have the capacity to support wild steelhead,” read a statement by Puget Sound Fly Fishers.
CISPIS: Tacoma Power recently released 127 coho adults above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.
COWLITZ: Fishing has been good downstream from the barrier dam. Last week Tacoma Power recovered 194 summer-run steelhead, three winter-run steelhead, 255 fall-chinook adults and six jacks, 11,293 coho adults, 344 coho jacks and 127 sea-run cutthroat trout.
GREEN: Anglers are catching chum, coho and steelhead.
TILTON: Tacoma Power recently released 1,321 coho adults and 108 fall-chinook adults in Morton.
AMERICAN: The WDFW plans to stock the lake with 5,000 fish next week.
DEEP: This King County lake is scheduled to be stocked with 2,800 fish by Wednesday.
OFFUT: Night crawlers and Power Eggs are working well for catching trout.
SCANEWA: Last week Tacoma Power released 2,580 coho adults and 62 jacks.
SAINT CLAIR: The WDFW has been infusing this lake with 44,500 fish over the past month.
SPANAWAY: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House says anglers are doing well off the dock but trolling is slow. Fly-fishermen are trying for browns near the creeks at the north end.
CHELAN: Despite falling temperatures, trolling the Barrens and the Trench is still generating mackinaw, and bank anglers are catching rainbow trout and an occasional triploid.
WASHINGTON: Perch are biting at a depth of about 60 feet.
SOUTH SOUND: The staff at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports fish have been biting but are rather small (5-6 pounds) since the weekend. Northerly winds have made the waters too rough to fish recently, but forecasts call for calming beginning Wednesday. For the best results try trolling with flasher and small spoon at a depth of 120-150 feet. Squidding continues to be decent.
WESTPORT: Anglers have been catching coho at the marina.
RAZOR CLAMS: An eight-day dig on the Washington coast concluded Tuesday. The next dig is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 20-26.