April 12, 2022
By Fly Fisherman Staff
Having hundreds of square miles of rivers to patrol, poaching and other fishing violations can be a problem for Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) game wardens.
In an effort to combat this issue, the Wild Steelhead Coalition (WSC), in 2019, donated a collection of gear such as trail cameras, spotting scopes, and a new raft and oars to the WDFW Law Enforcement Detachment responsible for safeguarding the Olympic Peninsula and Hood Canal.
“As State and Tribal co-managers take a conservation-minded approach to coastal steelhead seasons, enforcement efforts will be a key component,” Captain Dan Chadwick of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Police said. “It is necessary for Fish and Wildlife Police to increase enforcement presence, and utilize state-of-the-art equipment to ensure resource protection.”
Encouraged by the success of the initial donation, the WSC partnered with the Wild Salmon Center, Wild Steelheaders United of Trout Unlimited, Simms Fishing Products, Outcast Boats, and Sawyer Paddles & Oars to present an additional gift of gear in 2021, to the tune of about $20,000. The second donation included a drone, waders and boots, more rafts and oars, and nearly 40 additional trail and security camera. These items were also dispersed to a broader group of wardens that include coverage of the Skagit-Sauk and Chehalis River watersheds.