Follow us:

Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 12, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Outdoor writer Dave Graybill addresses fractured Wanapum Dam

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler:

The big news in our region is the drawdown of the Columbia River as a result of a fracture discovered in the spillway section of Wanapum Dam.

The drawdown has had the desired effect.  By taking pressure off the dam the fracture has receded and the Grant County PUD has downgraded the Emergency Action Plan to “non-failure” emergency status.

I have advised anglers and boaters to stay off the river when it is in this drawdown state, as the low levels have exposed hazards that were not a factor to navigation before.

Both Grant County and Chelan County PUDs have requested that people stay off the river banks and shorelines that have been exposed.  These are very soft and hazardous, and Grant County PUD has posted signs to keep people off the shores and will be patrolling and issuing citations to people that violate the no trespassing rule that is in place.  I have not received word as to what steps are being taken to repair the fracture and how long it may take.

There are concerns about salmon and steelhead smolt that will be moving downstream, and salmon and steelhead returning to our region.  Grant County has been in direct contact with me and is keeping me up to date.

For details or Graybill’s weekly report visit his website at http://www.fishingmagician.com/.

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.


Advertising
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 ►