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Upper Klickitat River open for salmon through July 31


Andrew Christiansen

KLICKITAT RIVER RUN: Free fishing day brought out a few folks to fish last weekend, but things are picking up as a good run of salmon are expected on the Klickitat River, above.

Anglers may catch and keep up to two hatchery adult spring chinook as part of their salmon daily limit on the Klickitat River upstream to boundary markers below the salmon hatchery. The order went into effect on June 7 and is good through July 31.

The rule applies to the Klickitat River from 400 feet upstream from #5 fishway (located about one-half mile upstream from the Fisher Hill Bridge) to boundary markers below Klickitat Salmon Hatchery. As of June 2, a total of 225 adult spring chinook have returned to Klickitat Salmon Hatchery prompting the hatchery to expect to meet its escapement goal of 500 fish which will allow additional recreational opportunity.

The daily limit is six salmon of which no more than two may be adults. Wild chinook must be released. This will match rules already in effect below Fisher Hill Bridge. Anglers are reminded there are closed waters from Fisher Hill Bridge to 400 feet upstream from #5 fishway and from the boundary markers below Klickitat Salmon Hatchery to the boundary markers just upstream of the hatchery. The section upstream from the salmon hatchery remains closed to fishing for salmon.

While last weekend was free fishing weekend in Washington, this Saturday is an opportunity for the family to participate in a fishing event sponsored by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers at Spearfish Lake, just north east of The Dalles bridge.

Corps park rangers, volunteers and partners from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Klickitat Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the National Get Outdoors Foundation are coming together to provide many outdoor activities for families. Visitors can learn basic fishing skills, such as properly baiting and tying a hook, identifying species of fish, casting and cleaning your catch, and most importantly, how to be safe around the water.

This event is intended for children and families with beginning levels of fishing experience. A fishing license is not required for children under 14. Visitors 15 and older must possess a valid fishing license, which can be purchased wherever you purchase bait. All other sport fishing rules apply, including size and catch limits. Visitors are encouraged to bring their poles, bait and tackle; only a limited supply will be available for use. Please dress for the weather and bring bottled water, as potable water is not available on-site.

The Spearfish ramp will be closed to boats because anglers will use the boat ramp to access the water. Water access at Spearfish Park does not meet ADA requirements.


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