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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 18, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Methow and Chewuch rivers are now closed for steelhead and whitefish

The Methow River from the mouth (Highway 97 Bridge in Pateros) to the falls above Brush Creek, and the Chewuch River from the mouth (Winthrop) to Pasayten wilderness boundary are now closed for steelhead and whitefish fishing.

State Fish and Wildlife says the maximum take of wild steelhead has been achieved on both rivers.

Areas still open for steelhead through one hour after sunset on March 31 are:

Columbia River from Rock Island Dam to boundary markers below Wells Dam and from Hwy 173 Bridge at Brewster to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam.

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 Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

Okanogan River from the mouth to the Highway 97 Bridge in Oroville, except now closed from the first powerline crossing downstream of the Hwy 155 Bridge in Omak (Coulee Dam Credit Union Building) to the mouth of Omak Creek, and from the Tonasket Lagoons Park boat launch to the Tonasket Bridge (4th Street).

Similkameen River from the mouth to 400 feet below Enloe Dam

Anglers should check for specific details on regulations for each river before going fishing.

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