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FISHING – Starting Tuesday (Oct. 16), hatchery steelhead fisheries will open on the mainstem upper Columbia, Wenatchee, Icicle, Entiat, Methow and Okanogan rivers, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today.
In addition, the Similkameen River will open to hatchery steelhead retention beginning Nov. 1.
All of these fisheries will remain open until further notice.
Jeff Korth, regional fish manager for WDFW, said approximately 18,000 adult steelhead are expected to return to the upper Columbia River this year – enough to allow the department to open area steelhead fisheries.
However, wild steelhead are expected to return in lower numbers than last year, requiring additional constraints on those fisheries.
“We carefully manage these fisheries to protect naturally spawning steelhead listed under the federal Endangered Species Act,” Korth said. “These fisheries traditionally remain open through the winter, but with lower numbers of wild steelhead and tighter allowable impacts on those fish we may have to close early.”
Korth said anglers should check WDFW’s website throughout the season for any regulation changes.
Read on for details about the fish you can and cannot keep, and specifically where fishing is allowed.
STEELHEAD FISHING — Fishing for hatchery steelhead opens Wednesday (Sept. 28) on the upper Columbia River above Rock Island Dam, and on the Wenatchee, Icicle, Entiat, Methow, and Okanogan rivers, the , the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says.
Salmon fishing will also reopen Wednesday from Wells Dam to Brewster, and the Similkameen River will open to hatchery steelhead retention beginning Nov. 1.
The steelhead fisheries will remain open until further notice, while the salmon fishery will run through Oct. 15.
Read on for details.