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Date 01-Oct-16
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Conditions : North Central Washington: Fall chinook salmon: Fishing for fall chinook salmon continues through Oct. 15 on the mainstem Columbia River within the stretches from Brewster to Chief Joseph Dam and between Rock Island Dam and Wells Dam. The stretches from Priest Rapids to Rock Island dams, including Wanapum Dam, and from Vernita Bridge to Priest Rapids Dam, are open through Oct. 22.

A portion of the Columbia River above Vernita Bridge will be temporarily closed to boating traffic Oct. 3-4 while a contractor for Grant Public Utility District (PUD) performs maintenance to power lines that cross over the river. The Grant County Sheriff's Office river patrol will be enforcing the closure of about a 400-yard corridor of the river two-and-a-half miles upstream from the Vernita Bridge. The closures are expected to last between 30 to 60 minutes at a time, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., while the work is taking place. For more information, call Grant PUD at (509) 754-5035.

Steelhead: Jeff Korth, WDFW northcentral regional fish program manager, said it is very unlikely there will be any Upper Columbia River steelhead fishing this season. "The total forecast for hatchery and wild steelhead passage at Priest Rapids Dam this year is much less than expected," Korth explained. "Passage projections are well below hatchery broodstock and natural escapement targets."

Sturgeon: The white sturgeon fishing that has been underway since July on the Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs of the Columbia River may be extended at least through November. The fishery, which allows daily harvest of up to two white sturgeon between 38 and 72 inches, was set to end Sept. 30 by a Fishing Rule Change issued earlier this year

Trout: Anglers in the region's high country usually have good success on small fishing waters open through October.

Chelan district fish biologist Travis Maitland reminds anglers that Douglas County's Jameson Lake, which has been closed since July 4, re-opens Oct. 1 for a month more of fishing.

Warmwater species: Walleye fishing usually picks up this month on Moses Lake and Potholes Reservoir in the Columbia Basin. Yellow perch fishing also continues to be good, as it has been all summer for both lakes.

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