Two Toutle River tributaries to open for hatchery steelhead, with selective gear rules in effect through early June. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced a short while ago that the lower portions of the South Fork Toutle and Green rivers will open to fishing for hatchery steelhead on Saturday.
Here is the rest of the release:
Location: South Fork Toutle River from the mouth to the 4700 Road Bridge. Green River from the mouth to 400 feet below the water intake at the upper end of the hatchery.
Daily limits: Daily limit is two hatchery steelhead. Minimum size is 20 inches. Wild steelhead and all other game fish (including trout) must be released.
Other information: Under permanent rules, the entire South Fork Toutle River and the Green River from the mouth to the 2800 Road Bridge will open to fishing for hatchery steelhead beginning the first Saturday in June.
Under permanent rules, all tributaries to the South Fork Toutle and Green rivers remain closed to all fishing.
Selective gear rules will be in effect through June 5 to minimize potential handling of smolts and/or wild winter run steelhead that may be still present.
Reason for action: Hatchery summer run steelhead are released into the South Fork Toutle and Green rivers. These fish are not needed for broodstock. With the mainstem Columbia sport fishery closed for steelhead until further notice but no later than June 16, this could also result in more fish returning to these Toutle River tributaries.