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It was bound to happen, and now state Fish and Wildlife has decided to close or restrict fishing in more than 30 statewide rivers to protect fish from the warm water temperatures and drought-like conditions.

All of the closures will begin Saturday (July 18) and will remain in effect until further notice.

Some areas will be closed to all fishing, and others will have limited opportunities between midnight and 2 p.m. dubbed as “hoot-owl” restrictions by state Fish and Wildlife to reduce fish from being stressed if caught during the hottest times of the day.

The closure also includes Lake Wenatchee, which was supposed to open for summer sockeye fishing soon.

The current changes don’t include rivers in the southern Puget Sound/Olympic Peninsula region although a section of the Sol Duc River is already closed.

Also closed fishing for spring chinook is Grande Ronde River in Eastern Washington due to low river flows.

EASTERN WASHINGTON

Closed to fishing are:

North Fork Touchet River above Spangler Creek.

South Fork Touchet River from the mouth to Griffen Fork and above Griffen Fork.

Wolf Fork Touchet River from the mouth to Coates Creek and Robinson Fork.

Asotin Creek and tributaries (Asotin Co.) from the mouth to headwaters.

Kettle River and all tributaries (Ferry Co.) from the Barstow Bridge to the headwaters, all portions contained within Washington.

Open from midnight to 2 p.m. only are:

Walla Walla River (Walla Walla Co.) from McDonald Road Bridge to the Oregon State Boundary.

Touchet River (Columbia/Walla Walla Co.) from the mouth to the confluence of the North and South forks.

North Fork Touchet River from the mouth to Spangler Creek.

Tucannon River (Columbia/Garfield Co.) From the Highway 12 Bridge to Cow Camp Bridge.

Spokane River (Spokane/Lincoln Co.) from upstream boundary at Plese Flats Day Use Area to the Idaho State Boundary.

Spokane River tributaries, including Little Spokane River and tributaries (Spokane/Pend Oreille/Stevens Counties) from the State Route 25 Bridge upstream to Monroe Street Dam.

Colville River and all tributaries (Stevens Co.) from the mouth to the headwaters.

Sullivan Creek and all tributaries (Pend Oreille Co.) from the mouth to the headwaters.

NORTH CENTRALWASHINGTON

Closed to fishing are:

Wenatchee River (Chelan Co.) from the mouth to the Icicle River Road Bridge.

Icicle River (Chelan Co.) from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

Lake Wenatchee (Chelan Co.)

Okanogan River from the Hwy 97 bridge upstream to Zosel Dam, except open to game fish fishing.

Similkameen River from the mouth upstream to Enloe Dam.

SOUTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON

Closed to fishing are:

Ahtanum Creek, including the north and middle forks

Little Naches River

Teanaway River, including west, middle and north forks

Open from midnight to 2 p.m. only are:

Naches River from Tieton River to Bumping River/Little Naches River

Rattlesnake Creek

NORTH PUGET SOUND

Closed to fishing are:

Raging River (King Co.) from the mouth upstream.

Skykomish River (Snohomish Co.) from the mouth upstream closed to all fishing, except the section around Reiter Ponds remains open from the Gold Bar/Big Eddy Access (Hwy. 2 Bridge) upstream to the confluence of the North and South forks.

Wallace River (Snohomish Co.). From the mouth upstream including all tributaries.

Stillaguamish River (Skagit/Snohomish Co.) From Marine Drive upstream including the North and South forks and all tributaries.

South Fork Nooksack (Whatcom Co.) From the mouth to Skookum Creek, and from Wanlick Creek to headwaters including Wanlick and all tributaries.

Suiattle River (Skagit Co.) Tributaries Buck, Downey and Sulpher Creeks.

Open from midnight to 2 p.m. only are:

North Fork Skykomish River (Snohomish Co.) From the mouth upstream including all tributaries.

South Fork Skykomish River (Snohomish/King Co.) From Sunset Falls upstream and all tributaries, including the Beckler, Foss, Miller and Rapid rivers and their tributaries.

Sauk River (Skagit/Snohomish Co.) Above the Suiattle River including the North Fork to the falls and the South Fork to headwaters.

Samish River (Skagit Co.) From I-5 to headwaters, and Friday Creek upstream.

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON

Closed to fishing are:

East Fork Lewis River from Lewisville Park downstream.

Washougal River from Mt. Norway Bridge downstream.

Open from midnight to 2 p.m. only are:

East Fork Lewis River from Lewisville Park upstream.

Washougal River from Mt. Norway Bridge upstream.

For more information about drought’s impact, go to state Fish and Wildlife’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/drought/.