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May 23, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Toutle River tributaries open early for hatchery steelhead fishing

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An early and strong return of hatchery summer steelhead has allowed state Fish and Wildlife to open two Toutle River tributaries ahead of schedule.

The South Fork Toutle River and Green River will open May 25 to June 1 for hatchery summer steelhead fishing.

This includes all sections of the South Fork Toutle River from the mouth to 4700 Road and the Green River from the mouth to 400 fgeet below the water intake at the upper end of the hatchery.

Anglers must obey selective gear rules through June 1 to minimize harming smolts and wild adult steelhead still present in the river.

The entire South Fork Toutle and Green rivers will be open to fishing for hatchery steelhead beginning Saturday, June 2.

(Photo courtesy of Gerald Chew of Mercer Island)

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