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Monday, December 23, 2019
By Dave Graybill
Low returns of steelhead to our region have prompted either reduced limits or complete closures of many rivers and streams. This will be the fourth year that we have not been able to fish for steelhead above Priest Rapids Dam. The WDFW has announced that steelhead fishing will remain closed on the Columbia upstream of McNary Dam. The reason for this closure is that the 2019 steelhead return is the fifth lowest to McNary Dam since 1954. Rivers that have had reductions in limits include the Walla Walla, Touchet, Tucannon and Grande Ronde. These remain open for hatchery steelhead with a one fish limit and barbless hooks are required. Again, very low returns have made this necessary. On the Snake River in Washington, Reach 1, which is from the mouth to the Couse Creek Boat Ramp is closed to the retention of steelhead. Reach 2, from the Couse Creek Boat Ramp to the Idaho and Oregon border is open to steelhead fishing, with a one fish daily limit. Anglers are required to use barbless hooks in this fishery as well. I have posted the news releases on my FishingMagician dot com Facebook Page, and you can find all the details by visiting the WDFW web site.