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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 29, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Many eastside rivers will close for steelhead fishing this Saturday

State Fish and Wildlife has announced that steelhead fishing in the Upper Columbia River of Eastern Washington will come to a close one hour after sunset this Saturday, Dec. 1 from Wells Dam to the Highway 173 Bridge at Brewster, and in the Wenatchee, Icicle, Entiat, and Methow rivers.

The closures will not affect steelhead and whitefish seasons in Columbia River mainstem from Rock Island Dam to Wells Dam or from the Highway 173 Bridge in Brewster to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam. Steelhead and whitefish fishing will also remain open until further notice in the Okanogan and Similkameen rivers.

“This year’s run is smaller than in recent years and contains a relatively high proportion of wild steelhead,” Jeff Korth, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist said in a news release. “Those factors, combined with steady angler effort, increased the rate of encounters with natural-origin fish in some fishing areas this year.”

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