Hood Canal bridge may be death trap for steelhead – Kitsap Sun

Over the years, I’ve mentioned that in interviews with old timers who fished the Hood Canal before the bridge was put in, that they would say to me that they thought that the fishing diminished after the bridge was installed. They didn’t know why. Now, it appears that UW research is finding out that the bridge is affecting steelhead smolts in a significant way. More research is needed, but with the bridge west end needing replacing later in this decade, it’s a good time to seriously look at the root causes and possible fixes. Obviously, no one is even considering taking the bridge out, but it’s likelyhood  structural changes to accomodate the surface migrating fish will be considered after additional research is done. Chris Dunagun’s article in the Kitsap Sun is very thorough, as usual.


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