November 30, 1999
Contact: Madonna Luers, 509-456-4073
Whitefish provide winter stream fishing beginning Dec. 1, 1999
OLYMPIA—Several Washington streams and rivers open December 1 for fishing Washington's native mountain whitefish.
Close relatives of salmon and trout, mountain whitefish remain abundant enough in many waters across the state to allow fishing through the winter when the fish pool up after spawning.
Mountain whitefish average 10 to 13 inches and are most easily caught on maggots, small grubs, stonefly nymphs or sparsely tied artifical flies and small lures fished along the bottom of deep pools in streams and rivers. Due to its many fine bones, whitefish often are smoked or canned for consumption.
Waters, or portions of waters, open to whitefish fishing Dec. 1 are:
- Eastern region: Little Spokane River and Sherman Creek.
- Northcentral region: Wenatchee, Methow, Chewuch and Entiat rivers with selective gear, no bait; Sinlahekin Creek and Similkameen River (upstream of Enloe Dam) with bait allowed.
- Southcentral region: Bumping, Cle Elum, Klickitat, Naches and Tieton rivers.
- Puget Sound region: South Fork of the Skykomish River from Sunset Falls upstream.
Fishers should check the Washington fishing regulations pamphlet for details of all rules.