Fish Habitat

Wenatchee Sportsmen's Association (WSA)  has many members that volunteer their time and energy into the area streams, lakes, ponds and habitat (riparian areas),  for the betterment of fish species in our area here in North Central Washington.

WSA members get diversely involved with fish and their habitat issues,  ensuring that this generation maintains what we have,  as well as focusing on the generations to come,  that they may have the same or more opportunity to enjoy as well.

Each year  WSA  has projects, events,  or something to do with the fish side of our misson.  We are continously looking for some projects to do,  or even lend a helping hand to someone else with their projects here in North Central Washington.

WSA Youth Fishery

Wenatchee Sportsmen's Association has a mission to follow and goals to achieve.  This involves sharing of our heritage and traditions and getting our youth to become good stewards of our (their) natural resources. 

You,  can help us provide the experiences of the out of doors and the many things it has to offer.  Your offer to join us in educating our youth is will provide a life time of rewards for you, as well as put smiles on these young faces.

There are a wide variety of steps you can take to help repair the damage. Whether you choose to change your personal habits, adjust your lifestyle, or become actively involved in fish stream and habitat restoration, your participation will make a vital difference to the stream, habitat and the fish,  so the future generations of users have the same or better opportunity.

Contact  a WSA member today to find out what you can do.

Each year Wenatchee Sportsmen's Association helps out young new anglers at the  Rock  Island  Kids  Fishing  Day. This is quite an experience for us WSA members,  as well as the many youth anglers that participate in this fishery.                               

This takes place at the  " Pit Pond "  in Rock Island.   This fishery is for...   JUVENILE   ANGLERS   ONLY !  WSA  members helps the young anglers with question that they might have, help them rig up their fishing rods,  give them bait or night crawlers to entice their quarry.  

WSA will loan the young angler(s) a fishing rod to use,  if they promise to return it when they are done using it,  so others may have the same opportunity to learn, experience and enjoy fishing.

Water Safety

Falling into the water is the biggest risk, because it can result in hypothermia and drowning. For that reason, it’s always a good idea to wear a lifejacket. Washington State law requires children 12 years and younger to wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved lifejackets on all boats under 19 feet, which includes most fishing boats. But a boating accident is only one of many ways to fall into the water while fishing. Fishing from docks, jetties, steep banks or along swift water can be dangerous, too, so wear a lifejacket whenever you’re near the water. 

Lifejackets are available in sizes to fit everyone, from infants to large adults. Be sure that yours is the right size; large enough to button, zip or snap closed in front, but tight enough that you can’t slip out of it.

Related Links:
How to clean a trout - Dave Graybill
Take A Youth Fishing - All About Fishing
Go Paw - Go Play Outside: Alliance of Washington
Fishing Kids - Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Public Fishing Access

Here is some information that ALL of us should know about and  NOT forget about.    Public fishing easements that have been purchased by WDFW that will allow sportsmen the access public waters.  

Conservation or Access Easments are to benifit the fish/wildlife,  and to allow the pubic to access public waters successfully with out trespassing.

The map links below show points where WDFW has purchased fishing access easements allowing sportsmen access to public waters. There will be more added as they become available.  

Wenatchee River
Columbia River to Cashmere
Cashmere to East of Leavenworth
Leavenworth Area  west

Aquatic / Fisheries Information

WSA  would like to remind  EVERYONE,  that our waters have or could have invasive issues that all of us should be aware of, wanting to rid of,  as individuals or even as concerned conservation  groups.  We sportsmen and sportswomen should do our part not contributing to these issues. 

WSA  would like to share some information that we should be keeping our eyes open for...   There are intrusive or invasive issues  we might witness while we are streamside, around a pond or even on a lake.  If you happen to see any of these invasive issues,  please let WDFW know so it can be dealt with.

Here are important issues that all of us should be aware of:

Invasive Species Council
Aquatic Nuisance Species
Invasive Plants  -  Milfoil
Mussels  -  Zebra  or  Quagga

When we are outdoors,  whether it be fishing or recreating there are things to consider while being in the water(spawning beds). We don't always notice these important areas of a stream or lake that fish use,  this spawning nest area is called "redds".   A redd is a spawning site where eggs are buried in the gravel of a stream or lake shoreline. 

Stirred up sediment can silt in the redds causing the eggs to suffocate or die from exposure to their own waste.The eggs need to be clean, have fresh water circulate around them to survive and develop into a new crop of fish.

Other Bits of Trivia:

Aquatic Habitats Guidelines
Priority Habitats & Species
PHS  recommendations

WDFW provides maps and reports that answer the most common questions concerning the presence of important fish and wildlife species. Contact our data request line at (360)902-2543 for more information.