Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

March 25, 2014

Steelhead fishing to close on upper Columbia River and tributaries

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.

Locations:

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 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 only allows a fishery to be promulgated 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. 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.

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