The state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced earlier today three changes in fishing reguations:
The portion of the Cascade River previously closed will reopen to fishing for all game fish beginning Friday. With hatchery winter steelhead broodstock collection complete, the stretch from the Rockport-Cascade Road downstream to mouth will be open again.
Anglers will not be allowed to keep any wild kokanee (non-adipose fin clipped) that are tagged with an external red plastic spaghetti tag. The ban runs from Friday through March 21 in Lake Roosevelt, from Grand Coulee Dam to the U.S./Canadian boarder.
Eastern Washington University fishery research biologists, in cooperation with the department, the Spokane Tribe, and the Colville Confederated Tribes, are conducting a three-year biotelemetry study on habitat use and behavior of wild kokanee salmon in Lake Roosevelt. The tagged fish are part of the study.
Columbia and Wenatchee rivers
Anglers can keep adipose fin-clipped steelhead bearing anchor (floy) tags in selected areas of the Columbia River and in the Wenatchee River, currently open to steelhead fishing, beginning Thursday.
The areas and times are:
Columbia River: Today through March 31, from Rock Island Dam upstream to Wells Dam.
Wenatchee River: Today through March 31, from its mouth upstream to the Icicle Road Bridge at the west end of Leavenworth.
The tags were applied to steelhead during run-size determination and fish-sampling operations at Priest Rapids Dam. The tagged adipose fish are no longer needed for monitoring purposes in open areas below Wells Dam.