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Steelhead fishing access pinpointed on Snake tributaries

Steelhead: Fin structure good with distinct margins. Normal head, slender body.  (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)
Steelhead: Fin structure good with distinct margins. Normal head, slender body. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

FISHING -- After reading my outdoors column on steelheading puzzles along the Snake River and tributaries, some readers are asking where they can go fishing on the Touchet and Tucannon rivers.

Touchet River steelheading is allowed during the June-through-October gamefish season, as well as during the steelhead season that runs Nov. 1-March 31.

Much of the Touchet is private, but anglers find access:

  • At levees within the towns of  Dayton and Waittsburg.
  • Between the two towns at Lewis and Clark Trail State Park.
  • At the WDFW Dodd fishing access site nine miles north of Touchet and Highway 12.
  • And from private landowners who often give permission to anglers who ask.

Tucannon River steelheaders find easy public fishing access in the first mile of river up from the Snake.

Farther upstream, one encounters mostly private land for miles. Permission for one property often is granted at the Tucannon River RV Park above Starbuck.

Anglers also can find access on state and national forest land farther upstream to the Tucannon Hatchery, but most of the steelhead harvest occurs downstream from Highway 12.

Historically, December is an excellent month for steelheading on the Tucannon.




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Rich Landers
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