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Drought Conditions Prompt 'Hoot-Owl' Fishing Restrictions On Methow River


August 1, 2015

Action: Methow River closed daily to fishing from 2 p.m. to midnight.

Effective date: Aug. 5, 2015, until further notice.

Species affected: All species.

Location: The Methow River (Okanogan County) from County Road 1535 Bridge (lower Burma Road) upstream to Weeman Bridge (8 miles upstream of Winthrop).

Reason for action: Afternoon water temperatures in the Methow River are approaching the upper limit for survival of trout. The Methow River receives significant fishing pressure during the summer. Trout hooked and handled are subject to stress, injury, or death as a result of low instream flow conditions and elevated water temperatures.

Check the fishing hotline at 360-902-2500 or the webpage at

Information contacts: Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624; Ryan Fortier, District 6 Fish Biologist, (509) 997-0316.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons 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.


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