Recent analyses of the ongoing steelhead fisheries in portions of the upper Columbia River has revealed sufficient natural origin steelhead impacts still remain under the NOAA issued ESA section 10 permit. Re-opening steelhead fisheries in the Columbia, Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers will help to reduce the proportion of hatchery fish on the spawning grounds and further reduce competition between natural origin and hatchery juvenile production.Put another way: Get your butt off the couch and go harvest some hatchery steelhead! No problem, the Wenatchee River is about 5 minutes from home...
We finished the day with 9 steelhead in the net, and 2 fin-clipped keepers. All were good fighters, with 3 being easily in the 12 to 15 pound range. All had great color! I'll be back out this weekend and every weekend until WDFW closes the river.