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Last Day For Steelheading & Trout Fishing On Upper Columbia And Tributaries

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


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.

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