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Date 02-Mar-19
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Conditions : South Central Washington: Rainbow trout: Many of the lakes in southcentral Washington are open year round, so catchable trout plants begin earlier in southcentral Washington than in many other areas of the state. Some of the lakes scheduled to receive fish in the Yakima and Ellensburg areas include Granger Pond, I-82 Ponds 1-4 & 6, Myron Lake, Rotary Lake, Reflection Pond, Mattoon Lake, McCabe Pond, North Fiorito Lake, and Woodhouse Pond. Lakes in the Tri-Cities area include Columbia Park Pond (14 years and younger or holders of disability licenses only), Dalton Lake and Marmes Pond near Lyons Ferry. These lakes are typically planted in the late winter/early spring but the stocking may be postponed if ice is still on the lake or access is blocked due to heavy snow.

Salmon and steelhead: Fishing for salmon and steelhead is open on the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 at the mouth of the river upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge near Pasco. The Snake River is also open, but anglers’ chances may be better in places like the Walla Walla, Touchet, Tucannon, and the lower Grand Ronde rivers. Reminder: the daily limit in the Snake River and tributaries is one hatchery steelhead. The fishery will close March 31.

White sturgeon: Lake Wallula, the 64-mile reservoir from McNary Dam to Priest Rapids Dam, is open for the harvest of sturgeon through July 31. Lake Umatilla, which extends from John Day Dam upriver to McNary Dam, is also open for sturgeon. This year’s quota in Lake Umatilla is 105 fish. The fishery will remain open until the quota is reached. Anglers may retain only those white sturgeon that measure between 43 inches and 54 inches when measured from the tip of their snout to the fork of their tail.

Walleye: Some of the year’s biggest walleye are caught in the Columbia River in the late winter/early spring. These fish are now preparing to spawn and are nearing their highest weight of the year. Walleye are routinely caught this time of year in both Lake Wallulaand Lake Umatilla.

Kids’ fishing events: Youth fishing events are taking place in April. Some of these events have begun to take registrations and may fill up before the end of March.

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