Upper Columbia Steelhead Time!

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Blake Harmon, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. Blake Harmon Active Member

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    https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=1111
    September 27, 2011

    Upper Columbia and selected tributaries to open for hatchery steelhead fishing

    ACTIONS: Open the Columbia River from Rock Island Dam to Chief Joseph Dam, including the Wenatchee, Icicle, Entiat, Methow, and Okanogan Rivers, on Sept. 28, 2011, and the Similkameen River on Nov. 1, 2011 to fishing for adipose-fin clipped hatchery-origin steelhead until further notice.

    SPECIES AFFECTED: Hatchery adipose fin clipped steelhead

    GENERAL RULES:

    Mandatory retention of adipose fin clipped steelhead, daily limit two (2) hatchery steelhead, 20 inch minimum size. Hatchery steelhead are identified by a missing adipose fin with a healed scar in its location.

    Selective gear rules are in effect for all steelhead fishery areas, bait is allowed on mainstem Columbia River from Rock Island Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam.

    Night closure in effect for all steelhead fishery areas.

    Adipose present steelhead must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.

    Release all steelhead with one or more round � inch in diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin.

    Motorized vessels are not allowed on the Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers (per Chelan Co ordinance 7.20.190 Motorboat restrictions)

    Salmon and Whitefish anglers are reminded that under selective gear rules in the tributaries, bait is prohibited.

    EFFECTIVE DATES AND LOCATIONS: 1) The mainstem Columbia River from Rock Island Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam; Sept. 28, 2011 until further notice.

    2) The Wenatchee River from the mouth to the Wenatchee River at the Icicle Road Bridge, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam; Sept. 28, 2011 until further notice.

    3) The 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 outfall; Sept. 28, 2011 until further notice.

    4) The Methow River from the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop; Sept. 28, 2011 until further notice. Fishing from a floating device 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)

    5) The Okanogan River from the mouth to the Highway 97 Bridge in Oroville; Sept. 28, 2011 until further notice.

    6) The Similkameen River, from its mouth to 400 feet below Enloe Dam; Nov. 1, 2011 until further notice.

    OTHER INFORMATION:

    Anglers should be aware that fishing rules are subject to change and that rivers can close at any time due to impacts on natural origin steelhead

    Anglers are required to possess a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement as part of their valid fishing license. Check the fishing hotline at 360-902-2500 or the webpage at https: //fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/rules_all_freshwater.j

    Reason for action: Hatchery-origin steelhead in excess of desired escapement are forecast to return to the Upper Columbia River. The fishery will reduce the number of excess hatchery-origin steelhead and consequently increase the proportion of natural-origin steelhead on the spawning grounds. Higher proportions of naturally produced spawners are expected to improve genetic integrity and stock recruitment of upper Columbia River steelhead through perpetuation of steelhead stocks with the greatest natural-origin lineage.

    Information contacts: Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624, Bob Jateff, District 6 Fish Biologist (Methow, Okanogan), (509) 997-0316, Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist (Wenatchee, Entiat), (509) 665-3337.

    BOOSH
  2. Methow Active Member

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    FYI enforcement will cut no slack on the manditory retention.
  3. Jmills81 The Dude Abides

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    boom boom!
  4. Blake Harmon Active Member

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    I cut no slack on fellow fisherman who would let go of something so damn delicious myself!
  5. John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    Oh yes. I can't wait
  6. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    good, get everyone away from the clearwater...
  7. TribalDragon911 Member

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    Right on! Hey Alex got a couch I can crash on up there in Bavaria World?
  8. rai ferrule New Member

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    wenatchee, wa
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    First Methow steelhead steelhead of the season, just off the grill
    mmmmm
  9. Methow Roamer Seeker of the Exotic and Aquatic

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    I gave it a shot this morning also, but couldn't get them to take my offerings. Sure saw a lot though.
    By the way, 90 minutes wet wading seems to be the limit at current water temps. If you were wondering.
  10. DonChilds Have Spey Will Travel

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    TribalDragon911 may know where they live and what they eat but, rai ferrule knows how to cook.
    Good job.
  11. Methow Active Member

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    Ok enough said close the thread before too many people read this. LOL
  12. BDD Active Member

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    Ellensburg, WA
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    Wet waded during a float from 9 to 6, in short sleeves no less. It was an absolute beautiful day there today.
  13. Brazda Fly Fishing guide "The Bogy House" Lodge

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    Thata Boy,,, just loaded my smokers into the travling side show rig and off I go till the the water freezes and the ducks fly....