Hatchery steelhead fishing opportunities have expanded along the Upper Columbia River and some tributaries.
The more liberal fisheries were implemented because returning hatchery steelhead are above spawning escapement, and this will reduce their numbers while increasing the number of wild steelhead to spawn.
Open now until further notice are Columbia River from Rock Island Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam; Wenatchee River from the mouth to the Wenatchee at the Icicle Road Bridge, including the Icicle River from the mouth, to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam; Okanogan River from the mouth to the Highway 97 Bridge in Oroville; Entiat River from the mouth to approximately ½ mile upstream to a point perpendicular with the intersection of the Entiat River Road and Hedding Street; and Methow River from the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop.
The Similkameen River from its mouth to 400 feet below Enloe Dam will be open Nov. 1 until further notice.
Other rules: Daily limit is two hatchery steelhead; selective gear rules and night closure are in effect for all steelhead fishery areas, except the use of bait is allowed on mainstem Columbia River; unmarked steelhead must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release; release all steelhead with a floy (anchor) tag attached and/or one or more round 1/4 inch in diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin.
Motorized vessels are not allowed on the Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers; and fishing from a floating device on Methow is prohibited from the second powerline crossing (1 mile upstream from the mouth) to the first Hwy 153 Bridge (4 miles upstream from the mouth).