FRANKLIN COUNTY -- An estimated 200 adult hatchery steelhead will be
planted this week in Scootney Reservoir to give area anglers an extra fishing
opportunity, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced
WDFW fisheries Manager Keith Wolf said anglers will not need a steelhead
license or punch card to fish for them. Only a valid Washington game fish license will be
required. The daily limit will be two steelhead as part of the five trout currently allowed.
Trout 20 inches or longer are considered steelhead.
The fish to be planted were raised at the department's Ringold Hatchery, and are
part of the Skamania summer steelhead stock. To meet wild steelhead conservation
needs, the fish are not being planted in the Columbia River or other waterways where
they could interact with wild steelhead. The reservoir is landlocked.
"What we're trying to do is provide anglers with as many diverse opportunities as
we can while working to meet our conservation goals for wild fish stocks," Wolf said.
Anglers are reminded that steelhead and trout fishing on the Columbia River
from the Highway 395 bridge at Pasco upstream to Chief Joseph Dam is closed in
response to the National Marine Fisheries Service's listing of Upper Columbia
steelhead as endangered.
All tributaries within this reach also are closed for steelhead (trout over 20
inches), but trout fishing remains open with the following change: selective fishery
regulations are extended through Dec. 31 on all tributaries that are subject to those
regulations and open after Oct. 31.