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Date 02-Feb-19
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Conditions : South Central Washington: Sturgeon: The McNary Pool (also known as Lake Wallula) opens Feb. 1 for retention of one legal-size fish a day, drawing anglers from throughout the region. The fishery extends from McNary Dam upstream to Priest Rapids Dam on the Columbia River and upstream to Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River.

Only sturgeon measuring 43-54 inches from their snout to the fork in their tail may be retained, with an annual harvest limit of two fish. Only fish that are going to be kept may be removed from the water.

Salmon and steelhead: Fishing for salmon and steelhead is once again 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, and anglers’ chances will likely improve on tributaries like the Walla Walla, Touchet, Tucannon, and the lower Grand Ronde rivers as the month progresses.Reminder: the daily limit in the Snake River and tributaries is one hatchery steelhead this year.

Walleye: Fishing has been very good so far this winter, and there’s always a chance of catching a lunker. WDFW Biologist Paul Hoffarth said some of the largest walleye of the year are boated during the winter months near the Tri-Cities – including the 20.3-pound state record taken in Lake Wallula four years ago.The Oregon record, just shy of 20 pounds, was taken on Lake Umatilla during the winter of 1990.

Sports show: Anglers and hunters who want to get prepped for the seasons ahead might want to drop by the Central Washington Sportsmen Show, running Feb. 15-17 at the Yakima SunDome. WDFW will have a booth at the show, which will feature plenty of outdoor gear, a fly-casting pool, and experts on topics ranging from fly fishing to elk bugling.

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