Steelhead To Reopen On The Wenatchee, Icicle, Methow Rivers

Matt Burke

Active Member
#2
OLYMPIA - Starting Friday (March 16), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will reopen selective fisheries for hatchery-reared steelhead on the Wenatchee, Icicle, and Methow rivers on a short-term basis.

Anglers will be allowed to catch whitefish in the Wenatchee and Methow rivers so long as those rivers are open to steelhead fishing.

Steelhead fisheries in all three rivers are tentatively scheduled to run through March 31, but could end sooner if fishing impacts on wild steelhead reach annual federal limits, said Jeff Korth, regional WDFW fish manager.
 

papafsh

Piscatorial predilection
#5
Good news, Matt, hope I can make it over before it's over! It would sure feel good to feel a SH tug, even from a hatchery brat.

LB
 

Methow

Active Member
#7
Shawn k, these fish haven't spawned yet. Remember 1st 2 hatchery fish caught and kept you have to quit for the day. Enforcement will be watching. Release a hatchery fish and its a ticket. A lot of work went into getting the rivers re-opened so don't mess it up for others.
 

Freestone

Not to be confused with freestoneangler
#8
Shawn, just to clarify, these summer run fish are no closer to spawning than OP winter run fish; they will spawn later in the spring just like the OP fish. Winter steelhead become sexually mature in the ocean and enter the freshwater basically ready to spawn. Summer runs enter the freshwater in the summer and fall but are sexually immature; they will mature in the freshwater at the same time as the winter fish do in the ocean. And, while many winter steelhead spawn in the main stem rivers on the OP, these summer runs are tributary spawners that rarely spawn in the mainstem Methow or Wenatchee. Therefore, one is more likely to be fishing over redds and/or spawning fish on many OP rivers than on the Methow and Wenatchee.

And Methow is right, this re-opening almost did not happen and took a lot of work by the regional staff to get it approved by NOAA and then by WDFW. NOAA will be watching closely so if you want to C&R a steelhead, no matter how bright their spawning colors, do everyone a favor and fish the OP. Otherwise, in addition to a ticket, you may single-handedly ruin future seasons for everyone. This is a mandatory hatchery harvest fishery, plain and simple.
 
#9
Washington fishing regulations are bonkers. Rivers opening and closing. Streches with totally different regs. Slot limits. mandatory fish kills?Juvenile only waters?
In Virginia you buy a liscense and it is good for a year to the day from purchase in Fresh or Salt for whatever will put a bend in the rod. Only other considerations are the trout stamp for stocked waters only, and the national forest stamp.
 
#12
I already am one. Happy about it too. I fish Washington once a year and probably manage an anadromous fish as often as someone who lives there.Not knocking Washington,it is a lovely state by almost all accounts. Just saying that you need to have an affinity for lawspeak to navigate the dictionary that you guys call your fishing regs.
 

shawn k

Active Member
#15
Shawn, just to clarify, these summer run fish are no closer to spawning than OP winter run fish; they will spawn later in the spring just like the OP fish. Winter steelhead become sexually mature in the ocean and enter the freshwater basically ready to spawn. Summer runs enter the freshwater in the summer and fall but are sexually immature; they will mature in the freshwater at the same time as the winter fish do in the ocean. And, while many winter steelhead spawn in the main stem rivers on the OP, these summer runs are tributary spawners that rarely spawn in the mainstem Methow or Wenatchee. Therefore, one is more likely to be fishing over redds and/or spawning fish on many OP rivers than on the Methow and Wenatchee.

And Methow is right, this re-opening almost did not happen and took a lot of work by the regional staff to get it approved by NOAA and then by WDFW. NOAA will be watching closely so if you want to C&R a steelhead, no matter how bright their spawning colors, do everyone a favor and fish the OP. Otherwise, in addition to a ticket, you may single-handedly ruin future seasons for everyone. This is a mandatory hatchery harvest fishery, plain and simple.
Geez guys lighten up. I didnt need a biology lesson. I am willing to bet alot of those fish are soreheads.
 

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