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

September 2, 2021

Steelhead fishing in the Tucannon River to close

Action: Close to fishing for and retention of steelhead.

Effective date: September 3, 2021, until further notice

Species affected: Steelhead

Location: Tucannon River from the mouth to the Tucannon Hatchery Road Bridge

Reason for action: The 2021 Columbia River forecasted return for upriver steelhead was 89,200. These measures are consistent with the discussions and actions taken from North of Falcon pre-season season setting process due to a low forecast. Steelhead passage at Bonneville dam of steelhead from July 1 through August 29 is 33,906 and is the lowest count on record. Predictions of natural origin steelhead returning to the Tucannon River are low. With concerns for broodstock needs and impacts to wild fish we feel it is important to close this fishery to protect steelhead within the Walla Walla River.

Additional information: WDFW will continue to monitor steelhead returns and may update rules as additional information becomes available.

Anglers are reminded to refer to the 2021/2022 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for other regulations, including possession limits, safety closures, etc.

Information contact: Jeremy Trump, District 3 Fish Biologist (509) 382-1005

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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