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Monday, March 30, 2015
By Dave Graybill
Well, the steelhead season is over for the year. Starting on the 31st of March the Columbia River and the tributaries, including the Wenatchee, Entiat, Methow, Okanogan and Similkameen will be closed to fishing for steelhead and whitefish. This was a great season. There were lots of hatchery fish taken and some nice big ones, too. It was good to see the season go “full term”, meaning there was no interruption in fishing from October through the end of March. The only time that fishing was stalled was for high water periods, which really didn’t impact the fishing on the main stem. I have some great memories of fishing this season and one in particular. A friend that had never caught a steelhead fished with me in Pateros and landed three fish. One of them won the longest fish contest at 31 ½ inches. He and I both had hooked fish on at the same time and his ran under the boat and got wrapped around my line. When I saw how big his fish was I got very nervous. Somehow I managed to scoop both of them up in the net. We will always remember that day.