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Tue., Feb. 18, 2014, 3:17 p.m.

Tucannon River fishing to close March 1

The Tucannon River, flowing out of the Blue Mountains near Dayton, Wash., supports a range of fisheries at adjacent lakes. (Associated Press)
The Tucannon River, flowing out of the Blue Mountains near Dayton, Wash., supports a range of fisheries at adjacent lakes. (Associated Press)

FISHING -- All fishing on the Tucannon River, including fishing for hatchery steelhead and whitefish, will close March 1 through June 6, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has announced.

Reason for action: A large component of Tucannon River wild steelhead enters the river in March. The recreational hatchery steelhead fishery emphasizes the removal of hatchery fish to prevent them from spawning. The incidental impact to wild steelhead from a recreational fishery is anticipated to increase to unacceptable levels in March.  The fishery is being closed to conserve this weak stock of wild steelhead.

Other information: The Tucannon River will reopen the first Saturday in June when game fish seasons open as identified in the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s fishing-rule pamphlet.




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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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