The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced the lower portions of the South Fork Toutle and Green rivers will open two weeks early to fishing for hatchery steelhead.
The two Toutle River tributaries will open Saturday.
The South Fork Toutle River will be open from the mouth to the 4700 Road Bridge. The Green River will be open from the mouth to 400 feet below the water intake at the upper end of the hatchery
The daily limit will be of two hatchery steelhead. Wild steelhead and all other game fish, including trout, must be released. Selective gear rules will be in effect through June 4, said a department news release.
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 June 5.
Under permanent rules, all tributaries to the South Fork Toutle and Green rivers remain closed to all fishing.
The state said hatchery summer run steelhead are released into the South Fork Toutle and Green rivers, but these fish are not needed for broodstock. Opening the lower portions of the South Fork Toutle and Green rivers two weeks early will allow additional opportunity to harvest surplus hatchery steelhead which are returning to other Columbia River tributaries in strong early numbers, said the news release.
Selective gear rules will be in effect through June 4 to minimize potential handling of smolts and/or wild winter run steelhead that may be still present.