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Wenatchee, Icicle rivers reopen to steelhead fishing Feb. 8

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Feb. 6, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
February 6, 2013 4:13 pm

Fishing for steelhead will reopen Friday on the Wenatchee and Icicle river. Anglers also will be able to fish for whitefish on the Wenatchee. The fishing will be open until further notice.

Areas that will open to fishing for steelhead one hour before sunrise on Friday are the Wenatchee from the mouth to 400 feet below Tumwater Dam, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

Fishing for whitefish will be allowed on the Wenatchee from the mouth to the state Route 2 bridge at Leavenworth.

A recent analyses of the ongoing steelhead fisheries in portions of the upper Columbia River have revealed sufficient impacts to natural origin steelhead still remain under Endangered Species Act permit levels, said a state Department of Fish and Wildlife news release. Reopening the steelhead fisheries in both rivers will help to reduce the proportion of hatchery fish on the spawning grounds, where their offspring may compete with natural origin juvenile salmon. Opening these areas to steelhead angling also allows whitefish angling opportunity.

There are other areas that will continue to be closed for steelhead and whitefish angling until further notice. They are:

Mainstem Columbia River: From Wells Dam to the state Route 173 bridge at Brewster.

Entiat River: Upstream from the Alternate U.S. Highway 97 Bridge near the mouth of the Entiat River to 800 feet downstream of the Entiat National Fish Hatchery.

Methow River: From the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop.

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