Friday, February 14, 2014/lk
Effective yesterday, Thursday, steelhead fishing was opened on the upper Columbia River, as well as the Wenatchee and Icicle rivers.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife also said yesterday that it is opening the Wenatchee River to fishing for whitefish.
The section of the Columbia River impacted by the openings is a stretch from Rock Island Dam upstream to 400 feet below Wells Dam.
Fish and Wildlife officials also remind anglers that steelhead fishing is also currently open until further notice between Wells and Chief Joseph dams, and in the Methow, Okanogan and Similkameen rivers.
Anglers are required to possess a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement as part of their valid fishing license.
Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons in the Columbia River system, including fishery enforcement and monitoring.
For more information, call the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules.
Anglers can also visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/regs/fishregs.htm for details on fishing seasons and regulations.