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Hanford Reach steelhead fishery closed

Staff Report | November 26, 2022 11:49 AM

RICHLAND/PASCO — The Hanford Reach has closed its steelhead fishing and retention from Nov. 20 until further notice.

A release by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife stated this year's return of Ringold Springs Hatchery steelhead is projected to be the second-lowest return on record in the past 20 years. Returning steelhead will be needed for broodstock to meet the production goal of 180,000 juvenile steelhead scheduled for release in April 2024, according to the release.

The closure will be from the I-182 Bridge (Richland/Pasco) upstream to the Old Hanford townsite powerline crossing.

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