Follow us:

Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 6, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Wenatchee and Icicle rivers to reopen Friday for steelhead fishing

MethowSteelhead.jpg

The Wenatchee and Icicle rivers will open for steelhead fishing one hour before sunrise on Friday, Feb. 8 until further notice, and the Wenatchee River will also open on that date for whitefish.

State Fish and Wildlife has determined that by reopening the steelhead fisheries will reduce the number of hatchery steelhead on the spawning grounds, where their offspring may compete with wild juvenile salmon.

This includes the 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 National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

The area opening for whitefish fishing is the Wenatchee River from the mouth to the Highway 2 Bridge at Leavenworth.

All fishing is still closed on the Columbia River mainstem from Wells Dam to the Highway 173 bridge at Brewster; Entiat River upstream from the Alternate Highway 97 Bridge near the mouth of the Entiat River to 800 feet downstream of the Entiat National Fish Hatchery; and the Methow River from the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop.

Rules in place during the steelhead fishery are:

Daily limit of two hatchery adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a 20-inch minimum size. All wild steelhead must be released and not removed from the water prior to release. Night closure and selective gear rules remain in effect.

Whitefish anglers must follow selective gear rules in areas open to steelhead fishing, no bait is allowed.

Anglers must have a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement as part of their fishing license.

(Photo by The Seattle Times archive)

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►