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February 21, 2014 at 8:45 AM

State Fish and Wildlife northern Olympic steelhead checks

Here are the latest state Fish and Wildlife sport fishing winter steelhead checks from the northern Olympic coastal rivers:

Bogachiel/Quillayute River

Dec. 1-5: 11 bank anglers and seven boat anglers caught two steelhead for total of 70.0 hours fished. Dec. 6-8: 12 bank anglers and 51 boat anglers caught 17 steelhead for total of 305.5 hours fished. Dec. 9-12: Seven bank anglers and 24 boat anglers caught 21 steelhead for a total of 187.0 hours fished. Dec. 13-15: 92 bank anglers and 41 boat anglers caught 22 steelhead, and released six steelhead, seven cutthroat trout and one coho for a total of 581.0 hours fished. Dec. 16-19: 22 bank anglers and 27 boat anglers caught 17 steelhead, and released one steelhead and one cutthroat trout for a total of 285.5 hours fished. Dec. 23-26: 11 bank anglers and three boat anglers caught no fish for a total of 55.5 hours fished (data was collected on Monday, Dec. 23 only). Dec. 27-29: 84 bank anglers and 107 boat anglers caught 50 steelhead, and released eight steelhead and three cutthroat trout for a total of 1,102.5 hours fished. Dec. 30-31 and Jan. 2: 17 bank anglers and seven boat anglers caught three steelhead, and released four steelhead, one coho and four cutthroat trout for a total of 116.0 hours fished.

Jan. 3-5: 48 bank anglers and 45 boat anglers caught six steelhead, and released five steelhead for a total of 583.5 hours fished. Jan. 6-9: 10 bank anglers and 12 boat anglers caught 11 steelhead for a total of 116.0 hours fished. Jan.10-12: Three bank anglers caught no fish for a total of 14.5 hours fished. High river flows late Friday through Sunday. Jan. 13-16: 33 bank anglers and 63 boat anglers caught 10 steelhead (one wild steelhead kept was illegal), and released three steelhead for a total of 481.5 hours fished. Jan. 17-19: 74 bank anglers and 83 boat anglers caught 16 steelhead (two wild steelhead kept were illegal), and released 19 steelhead for a total of 751.0 hours fished. Jan. 20-23: Four bank anglers and 11 boat anglers caught one steelhead for a total of 72.5 hours fished. Jan. 24-26: 12 bank anglers and 47 boat anglers, plus four boat anglers on the Dickey River caught eight steelhead and released 17 for a total of 404.0 hours fished. Jan. 27-30: 12 bank anglers and 22 boat anglers, plus one boat angler on the Dickey River caught one steelhead and released 17 for a total of 193.5 hours fished.

Feb. 1-2: 54 anglers caught three steelhead, and released 21 steelhead, two whitefish and five cutthroat trout for a total of 296.5 hours fished. Feb. 3-6: Seven bank anglers and 12 boat anglers released one steelhead for a total of 135.5 hours fished; Feb. 7-9: Two bank anglers and 18 boat anglers caught one steelhead and released three for a total of 143.5 hours fished; Feb. 10-13: Four bank anglers and four boat anglers released one steelhead for a total of 49.5 hours fished; Feb. 14-16: 35 bank anglers and 36 boat anglers caught one steelhead and released seven for a total of 374.0 hours fished.

Totals: 1,281 anglers caught 221 steelhead and released 105 for 6,812.5 hours fished.

Calawah River

Dec. 1-5: Three bank anglers caught no fish for total of 13.5 hours fished. Dec. 6-8: Four bank anglers caught one steelhead for total of 14.0 hours fished. Dec. 9-12: Five bank anglers caught no fish for a total of 5.0 hours fished. Dec. 13-15: 11 bank anglers caught seven steelhead, and released two steelhead, one coho and six whitefish for a total of 36.5 hours fished. Dec. 16-19: Five bank anglers released one steelhead for a total of 24.0 hours fished. Dec. 20-22: 27 bank anglers caught two steelhead for a total of 83.0 hours fished. Dec. 23-26: Eight bank anglers released one jack steelhead for a total of 21.5 hours fished (data was collected on Monday, Dec. 23 only). Dec. 27-29: 20 bank anglers caught 13 steelhead, and released five steelhead for a total of 78.5 hours fished. Dec. 30-31: No fishing effort.

Jan. 3-5: 17 bank anglers and three boat anglers caught five steelhead, and released four steelhead and one coho for a total of 69.5 hours fished. Jan. 6-9: 10 bank anglers caught six steelhead for a total of 30.0 hours fished. Jan. 10-12: No angling effort. High flows late Friday through Sunday. Jan. 13-16: 14 bank anglers and 14 boat anglers caught eight steelhead, and released eight steelhead and three cutthroat trout for a total of 154.5 hours fished. Jan. 17-19: 16 bank anglers and eight boat anglers caught three steelhead, and released five steelhead for a total of 102.0 hours fished. Jan. 20-23: Two boat anglers released two steelhead for a total of 12.0 hours fished.  Jan. 24-26: Seven bank anglers caught two steelhead for a total of 25.5 hours fished. Jan. 27-30: Eight bank anglers and four boat anglers caught two steelhead and released two for a total of 50.5 hours fished.

Feb. 1-2: Three bank anglers and two boat anglers released five steelhead for a total of 24.5 hours fished. Feb. 3-6: One bank angler caught no fish for a total of 4.5 hours fished; Feb. 7-9: No fishing effort observed; Feb. 10-13: Five boat anglers released seven whitefish for a total of 30.0 hours fished; Feb. 14-16: 13 bank anglers and nine boat anglers released nine steelhead, two whitefish and one trout for a total of 92.0 hours fished.

Totals: 218 anglers caught 49 steelhead and released 43 for 871.0 hours fished.

Sol Duc River

Dec. 1-5: One bank angler caught no fish for total of 0.5 hours fished. Dec. 6-8: Two boat anglers caught one steelhead for total of 6.0 hours fished. Dec. 9-12: No fishing effort. Dec. 13-15: 10 bank anglers and four boat anglers released four steelhead and 12 coho for a total of 57.0 hours fished. Dec. 16-19: No fishing effort. Dec. 20-22: 13 bank anglers and seven boat anglers released two steelhead for a total of 70.0 hours fished. Dec. 23-26: Four bank anglers and five boat anglers caught no fish for a total of 36.0 hours fished (data was collected on Monday, Dec. 23 only). Dec. 27-29: 12 bank anglers and 19 boat anglers released one steelhead, six coho, one chinook and one cutthroat trout for a total of 189.5 hours fished. Dec. 30-31 and Jan. 2: Four boat anglers caught one steelhead, and released two steelhead for a total of 36.0 hours fished.

Jan. 3-5: Four bank anglers and seven boat anglers released one steelhead and two coho for a total of 70.5 hours fished. Jan. 6-9: Four boat anglers released three steelhead, one coho, three cutthroat trout, one rainbow trout and one whitefish for a total of 28.0 hours fished. Jan. 10-12: Four bank anglers and nine boat anglers and released nine steelhead, one coho and one cutthroat trout for a total of 61.5 hours fished. High flows late Friday through Sunday. Jan. 13-16: Three bank anglers and 36 boat anglers released 29 steelhead for a total of 298.5 hours fished. Jan. 17-19: 10 bank anglers and 86 boat anglers caught six steelhead, and released 75 steelhead for a total of 324.0 hours fished. Jan. 2-23: Two bank anglers and 13 boat anglers caught one steelhead and released 17 for a total of 121.5 hours fished. Jan. 24-26: One bank angler and 45 boat anglers caught two steelhead and released 33 (one wild steelhead was illegally kept) for 369.5 hours fished. Jan. 27-30: 10 boat anglers caught one steelhead and released 12 for a total of 87.0 hours fished.

Feb. 1-2: Nine bank anglers and 31 boat anglers caught one steelhead, and released 19 steelhead, five whitefish and five cutthroat trout for a total of 239.0 hours fished. Feb. 3-6: Six bank anglers and 22 boat anglers caught two steelhead and released 10 for a total of 177.5 hours fished; Feb. 7-9: 13 bank anglers and 16 boat anglers released four steelhead for a total of 128.5 hours fished; Feb. 10-13: 14 bank anglers and 14 boat anglers caught one steelhead and released 12 for a total of 145.5 hours fished; Feb. 14-16: Six bank anglers and 53 boat anglers caught six steelhead and released 43 for a total of 367.0 hours fished.

Totals: 499 anglers caught 21 steelhead and released 274 steelhead for 2,803.0 hours fished.

Lower Hoh River from Oxbow Campground to Barlow’s

Dec. 1-5: Three bank anglers caught one steelhead and released one steelhead for total of 5.0 hours fished. Dec. 6-8: 45 bank anglers and 39 boat anglers caught 32 steelhead, and released three steelhead, 29 bull trout and two coho for total of 412.5 hours fished. Dec. 9-12: 16 bank anglers and 22 boat anglers caught 20 steelhead, and released one steelhead, 22 bull trout and two coho for a total of 175.5 hours fished. Dec. 13-15: 88 bank anglers and 81 boat anglers caught 31 steelhead, and released three steelhead, 11 bull trout, three whitefish, three chinook, two cutthroat trout and one coho for a total of 613.5 hours fished. Dec. 16-19: 21 bank anglers and eight boat anglers caught 13 steelhead, and released five steelhead, two bull trout, one whitefish and one chinook for a total of 143.0 hours fished. Dec. 20-22: 25 bank anglers and 16 boat anglers caught six steelhead and released three bull trout for a total of 157.5 hours fished Dec. 23-26: River was high and unfishable on Monday when data was collected. Dec. 27-29: 74 bank anglers and 52 boat anglers caught 26 steelhead, and released three steelhead, seven bull trout, three whitefish and five trout for a total of 550.0 hours fished. Dec. 30-31: 10 bank anglers caught one steelhead for a total of 29.5 hours fished.

Jan. 3-5: 40 bank anglers and 28 boat anglers caught 15 steelhead, and released five steelhead, four bull trout, seven whitefish, one trout and one cutthroat trout for a total of 341.5 hours fished. Jan. 6-9: 21 bank anglers and 10 boat anglers caught six steelhead, and released four steelhead, 10 bull trout, one cutthroat trout and one whitefish for a total of 111.0 hours fished. Jan. 10-12: Two bank anglers caught no fish for a total of 1.0 hours fished. Jan. 13-16: Five bank anglers released one whitefish for a total of 9.5 hours fished. Jan. 17-19: 73 bank anglers and 15 boat anglers caught three steelhead, and released two steelhead, one cutthroat trout and two bull trout for a total of 283.5 hours fished. Jan. 20-23: Four bank anglers and two boat anglers caught one steelhead for a total of 25.5 hours fished. Jan. 24-26: 53 bank anglers and 69 boat anglers caught 17 steelhead, and released 25 steelhead, nine bull trout, seven whitefish and one cutthroat trout for a total of 485.0 hours fished. Jan. 27-30: Eight bank anglers and five boat anglers released two steelhead for a total of 42.0 hours fished.

Feb. 1-2: 30 bank anglers and 29 boat anglers caught 10 steelhead, and released 14 steelhead, two bull trout and 11 whitefish for a total of 232.5 hours fished. Feb. 3-6: 18 bank anglers and 42 boat anglers caught four steelhead, and released 30 steelhead, three bull trout, 13 whitefish and five cutthroat trout for a total of 285.0 hours fished; Feb. 7-9: 40 bank anglers and 52 boat anglers caught three steelhead, and released 35 steelhead, 15 whitefish, four cutthroat trout and five bull trout for a total of 440.0 hours fished; Feb. 10-13: No fishing effort observed; Feb. 14-16: 27 bank anglers and five boat anglers caught released two steelhead and one bull trout for a total of 115.0 hours fished.

Totals: 1,078 anglers caught 189 steelhead and released 138 steelhead for 4,458.0 hours fished.

Upper Hoh River from Oxbow Campground to Olympic National Park Boundary

Dec. 1-5: No anglers interviewed. Dec. 6-8: Three bank anglers and five boat anglers released one steelhead, one bull trout and one cutthroat trout for total of 23.0 hours fished. Dec. 9-12: One bank angler and two boat anglers released two steelhead, 12 whitefish and two cutthroat trout for a total of 19.0 hours fished. Dec. 13-15: 10 bank anglers and 12 boat anglers released two steelhead, 10  bull trout and 17 whitefish for a total of 95.5 hours fished. Dec. 16-19: Four bank anglers and two boat anglers caught no fish for a total of 23.5 hours fished. Dec. 20-22: Two bank anglers and six boat anglers released two steelhead and three bull trout for a total of 35.5 hours fished. Dec. 23-26: River was high and unfishable on Monday when data was collected. Dec. 27-29: Nine bank anglers and 16 boat anglers caught four steelhead, and released three steelhead, 10 bull trout, 12 whitefish, two cutthroat trout and two coho for a total of 129.0 hours fished. Dec. 30-31: One bank angler caught no fish for a total of 1.0 hours fished.

Jan. 3-5: 11 bank anglers and 19 boat anglers caught two steelhead, and released one steelhead, on ebull trout and one coho for a total of 144.5 hours fished. Jan. 6-9: Three bank anglers and four boat anglers released four bull trout and two whitefish for a total of 37.0 hours fished. Jan. 10-12:No angling effort. High flows late Friday through Sunday. Jan. 13-16: Three bank anglers and one boat angler released one whitefish for a total of 14.5 hours fished. Jan. 17-19: 24 bank anglers and 28 boat anglers caught two steelhead, and released 11 steelhead, three bull trout and five whitefish for a total of 267.5 hours fished. Jan. 20-23: Three bank anglers and six boat anglers released four steelhead for a total of 40.0 hours fished. Jan. 24-26: 19 bank anglers and 26 boat anglers caught one steelhead, and released seven steelhead, eight bull trout and eight whitefish for a total of 209.0 hours fished. Jan. 27-30: Eight bank anglers and eight boat anglers caught one steelhead, and released four steelhead, two bull trout and seven whitefish for a total of 64.0 hours fished.

Feb. 1-2: 29 anglers caught two steelhead, and released nine steelhead, one bull trout, one cutthroat trout and nine whitefish for a total of 123.5 hours fished. Feb. 3-6: 12 bank anglers and 18 boat anglers caught two steelhead, and released nine steelhead, one bull trout, 20 whitefish and five cutthroat trout for a total of 147.0 hours fished; Feb. 7-9: 10 bank anglers and 15 boat anglers caught one steelhead and released five for a total of 120.5 hours fished; Feb. 10-13: Two boat anglers caught no fish for a total of 15.0 hours fished; Feb. 14-16: Nine bank anglers and five boat anglers caught released one bull trout for a total of 33.0 hours fished.

Totals: 336 anglers caught 15 steelhead and released 60 steelhead for 1,560.5 hours fished.

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