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Drought prompts hoot-owl fishing restrictions on Methow River

FISHING --  Starting today, the Methow River is closed daily to fishing from 2 p.m. to midnight until further notice to reduce impact on fish stressed by warm water conditions.

Here are details announced by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Species affected: All species.

Location: The Methow River (Okanogan County) from County Road 1535 Bridge (lower Burma Road) upstream to Weeman Bridge (8 miles upstream of Winthrop).

Reason for action: Afternoon water temperatures in the Methow River are approaching the upper limit for survival of trout. The Methow River receives significant fishing pressure during the summer. Trout hooked and handled are subject to stress, injury, or death as a result of low instream flow conditions and elevated water temperatures.

Check the fishing hotline, (360) 902-2500, or the emergency rules webpage.

Rich Landers
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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