Fishery closing in new year
Last updated 1/20/2021 at 2:45pm
RICHLAND – The Hanford Reach steelhead fishery will close Jan. 1.
The closure is from the Interstate 182 bridge upstream to the old Hanford townsite powerline crossing over the Columbia River.
It will remain in effect until April 15.
State Department of Fish and Wildlife said the closure is being ordered due to predictions of a low Ringold Springs Hatchery return.
The run is expected to be the lowest in more than 20 years, officials said, noting the hatchery needs broodstock to produce a goal of 180,000 juvenile steelhead to be released in 2022.
Downstream of the U.S. Highway 395 bridge (...