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Steelhead, trout fishing to close on upper Columbia River, tributaries

Mar 30, 2016

Actions: Closure of steelhead and trout fishing on the upper Columbia River including the Wenatchee, Icicle, Entiat, Okanogan, and Similkameen rivers.

Species affected: Steelhead and rainbow trout.

Effective dates: One hour after official sunset on March 31, 2016.


1.)  Mainstem Columbia River: From Rock Island Dam upstream to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam.


2.)  Wenatchee River: From the mouth to 400 feet below Tumwater Dam


3.)  Icicle River: From the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.


4.)  Entiat River: From the mouth to approximately 1/2 mile upstream to a point perpendicular with the intersection of the Entiat River Road and Hedding Street.


5.)  Okanogan River: From the mouth to the Hwy. 97 Bridge in Oroville.


6.)  Similkameen River: From the mouth to 400 feet below Enloe Dam.

Reason for changes: The season is closed to minimize impacts to spawning steelhead.

Information contacts: Travis Maitland, Wenatchee District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337; Ryan Fortier, Methow-Okanogan District 6 Fish Biologist, (509) 997-0316; Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624.

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. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.


Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email ( For more information, see


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