Washington alters rules in response to poor steelhead return

Steelhead rules have been changed in several eastern Washington rivers to reflect the poor return of the oceangoing trout.

Many of the rule changes update changes implemented last fall and carry them forward for the spring season. The Snake River is closed to steelhead fishing from its mouth to Lower Granite Dam. The bag limit between the upstream side of the dam and the Oregon/Washington state line is one hatchery steelhead per day. The bag limit on the Grande Ronde River also has been reduced to one hatchery steelhead per day.

The Tucannon, Touchet and Walla Walla rivers are closed to steelhead fishing.

Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to meet next week

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Jan. 14 to deliberate on a number of subjects, including Gov. Jay Inslee’s salmon recovery proposal, sport fishing rules and forest health and logging on land managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The wildlife, habitat and fish committees will meet Thursday.

A full agenda, including the committee and full commission meetings, is available at bit.ly/31BMhJK. The meetings will be held online via the web application Zoom.