Snake River To Close To Fishing For Steelhead

Snake River To Close To Fishing For Steelhead

Fishing Rule Change | Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Action: Closes the Snake River to fishing for and retention of steelhead.


Effective date: July 1, 2020 until further notice


Species affected: Steelhead.     


Location: From the mouth of the Snake River (Burbank to Pasco railroad bridge at Snake River mile 1.25) to the Idaho/Oregon state line.

Reason for action: The 2020 Columbia River forecasted return for upriver steelhead is 95,500 (85,900 A-index and 9,600 B-index). 

Similar to the last couple of years, steelhead returns are predicted to be low in 2020. Previous closures have been focused on B-index steelhead, but there is also an extremely low forecast for A-index steelhead in 2020. Pre-season concerns for both A-index and B-index groups of fish (wild and hatchery origin) have led WDFW to close this fishery until further notice. 

Additional information: WDFW will continue to monitor steelhead returns and will make decisions in late summer or early fall on how to proceed with Snake River steelhead fisheries as fish begin to return through the lower Columbia River.

Please continue to check emergency rules if you are planning to fish for steelhead within the affected area.

Information contact: Jeremy Trump, District 3 Fish Biologist, 509-382-1005.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on definitions and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email ( For more information, see

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