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Steelhead fishing to close on upper Columbia River and tributaries

Mar 25, 2014

Actions: Close the Columbia River and tributaries above Rock Island Dam to fishing for steelhead.

Species affected: Steelhead.

Effective date: One hour after sunset on March 31, 2014.


  • Mainstem Columbia River:  From Rock Island Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam.
  • Wenatchee River:  From the mouth to 400 feet below Tumwater Dam, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.
  • Methow River:  From the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop.
  • Okanogan River:  From the mouth to the Highway 97 Bridge in Oroville.
  • Similkameen River:  From the mouth to 400 feet below Enloe Dam.

Reason for action:  Most steelhead will be spawning beginning in April. National Marine Fisheries Service Permit 1395 for this program allows a fishery to be promulgated only through March 31.

Information contacts: Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager (Ephrata), (509) 754-4624, Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist (Wenatchee, Entiat), (509) 665-3337.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations.


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