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MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014, 4:03 P.M.

Ringold bank fishing restriction to start for steelheaders

A 34-inch steelhead weighing 14 pounds (top) dwarfs the normal size steelhead caught in the Grande Ronde River. Angler Jeff Holmes caught the fish in mid November a few miles downstream from the Oregon border.
 (Jeff Holmes / Courtesy)
A 34-inch steelhead weighing 14 pounds (top) dwarfs the normal size steelhead caught in the Grande Ronde River. Angler Jeff Holmes caught the fish in mid November a few miles downstream from the Oregon border. (Jeff Holmes / Courtesy)

FISHING -- Fishing for steelhead has been pretty darn good in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia recently.  Here's a report from Paul Hoffarth, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist.  Note the change that starts April 1:

Steelhead fishing picked up in March in the Hanford Reach after a slow winter.  Anglers caught 512 steelhead and retained 398 hatchery steelhead.  Anglers donated 111 hatchery steelhead to WDFW to support the Ringold Springs and Wells Hatcheries Programs.  Anglers averaged 13 hours per steelhead from the bank and just over 6 hours per steelhead by boat.

Effective April 1-April 15, this fishery will only be open for bank angling at the WDFW Ringold Access area.

For the fishery, October-March, 1,197 steelhead have been caught and 723 hatchery steelhead harvested. 




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