On January 18 the lower portion of Washington’s White Salmon River will reopen to fishing for hatchery steelhead. The area will remain open until further notice.
The location includes portions of the White Salmon River from the river mouth to the county bridge below the powerhouse. The fishing boundary buoys at the mouth are no longer in place, therefore the mouth of the White Salmon River is defined as “outermost uplands not covered by ordinary high water.”
The daily limit is two hatchery steelhead. All other species, including salmon, must be released.
The White Salmon River from the county bridge below the powerhouse upstream (including the area formerly known as Northwestern Reservoir) remains closed to fishing until further notice.
The Condit Dam on the White Salmon River was breached on October 26, 2011. The river had been closed to sport fishing due to the unstable river conditions as a result of this action. River conditions have stabilized enough to allow sport fishing to reopen below the powerhouse. Returning hatchery steelhead, both winter and summer run, are available for sport harvest.
Anglers must have a current Washington fishing license. Check the WDFW “Fishing in Washington” rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing regulations are subject to change. Call the WDFW Fishing Hotline for the latest rule information at 360-902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules or check the WDFW webpage at wdfw.wa.gov/fish/regs/fishregs.htm for details on fishing seasons and regulations.