Steelhead Closure Extended
The closure is necessary to maximize the survival of the fish and ensure there are enough to meet hatchery brood stock production needs.
(bluefish notes: At the same time, Idaho F&G will OPEN steelhead fishing January 1 BECAUSE they believe brood stock production needs will be met)
Oregon and Washington state fishery managers announced Monday they are extending a steelhead fishing closure on the Columbia River.
Fishing for steelhead will be closed upstream of the McNary Dam to the Oregon and Washington state line through March 31. This closure expands on conservation measures that have been in place since July to protect certain steelhead stocks in the Columbia and Snake river basins.
The return of 2019 summer steelhead to the McNary Dam was the fifth-lowest return on record since 1954. Fishery managers say the closure is necessary to maximize the survival of the fish and ensure there are enough to meet hatchery brood stock production needs.
Limited Steelhead Season Approved by Eric Barker, Moscow-Pulmman Daily News, 12/19/19
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