The season for hatchery steelhead on the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River has opened, according to the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The rule covers fish caught between the blue bridge in the Tri-Cities and Priest Rapids Dam.
Hatchery steelhead can be retained until Oct. 31 from the blue bridge to the old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers. The season is open from those powerline towers to the Vernita Bridge until Oct. 22.
The season is open from the Vernita Bridge to Priest Rapids Dam until Oct. 22 and also from Nov. 27.
Retention of hatchery steelhead is mandatory from the old Hanford townsite to Priest Rapids Dam to benefit natural origin fish on upper Columbia River tributary spawning grounds.
The daily limit is two fish. They must be at least 20 inches long and have a missing adipose fin to show they are hatchery steelhead.