A couple sections of the Okanogan River have closed for steelhead fishing.
The sections now closed are the from the first power line crossing downstream of the Highway 155 Bridge in Omak (Coulee Dam Credit Union Building) to the mouth of Omak Creek, and from the Tonasket Bridge (4th Street) down to the Tonasket Lagoons Park boat launch.
The closures are necessary to protect early returning wild steelhead.
Other sections of the Okanogan are still open under these rules:
Anglers must keep all hatchery-marked (adipose-fin-clipped) steelhead. The daily limit is two hatchery-marked steelhead. There is a minimum size of 20 inches.
All unmarked wild steelhead must be released and cannot be removed from the water. There is a night closure and selective gear rules in effect.
Whitefish anglers must follow selective gear rules in areas open to steelhead fishing. No bait is allowed.
Other rivers stills open for steelhead fishing are the Columbia, Okanogan, Methow, Wenatchee and Similkameen rivers.