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October 08, 1997
Contact: Keith Wolf (509) 575-2740 or Tim Waters, (425) 775-1311, ext. 119

Steelhead to be planted in Scootney Reservoir

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 today.

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.