Steelhead Fishing Closed
The overall return is expected to be low,
limited fishing remains open upstream.
LOWER GRANITE DAM -- The state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) closed the lower section of Snake River to steelhead fishing.
The closure extends from the mouth of the river at Burbank upstream to Lower Granite Dam.
Above the dam to the Idaho-Oregon state line, fishermen may now only keep one steelhead per day, WDFW officials said.
No native steelhead -- ones with unclipped adipose fins -- may be kept, officials said, noting only barbless hooks are allowed when fishing for steelhead.
The change in the steelhead season is effective through March 31.
Officials said the change in fishery rules is due to a predicted low steelhead run this year.
Biologists are forecasting a total steelhead run of 89,200, noting steelhead passage downstream at Bonneville Dam is among the lowest recorded by the agency.
While the overall return is expected to be low, officials said there are enough steelhead expected to allow limited fishing and retention on the Upper Snake River.
Steelhead Fishing Still Off Limits Above The Dalles Dam by Staff, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, 12/24/21
Fishing Closures Extended for Columbia River, Tributaries to Protect Record-Low Steelhead Run by Staff, KTVZ, 12/22/21
F&G Commission Modifies Steelhead Bag Limits Starting Jan. 1, 2022, Clearwater Tribune, by Connor Liess, 12/1/21
Split Steelhead Season is on Agendaby Eric Barker, Lewiston Tribune, 11/5/21
Oregon Lowers Steelhead Bag Limits on Snake by Staff, Lewiston Tribune, 9/10/21
Amid Poor Runs, Idaho Officials Propose Limited Steelhead Harvest by Staff, Lewiston Tribune, 8/31/21
Spring Offers Big Steelhead Fishing Opportunities in Smaller Rivers by Idaho Fish & Game, EIN Presswire, 2/18/21
Steelhead Closure Extended In Eastern Oregon by Staff, KXI, 12/26/19
Steelhead Closure Extended on Columbia River by Staff, The Astorian, 12/23/19
Limited Steelhead Season Approved by Staff, Moscow-Pulmman Daily News, 12/19/19
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