Strong runs of salmon and steelhead that are predicted in the Columbia River this year are getting the attention of sports fishermen this summer.

Some 281,000 adult summer steelhead are expected to move upriver in the Columbia in the coming weeks, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). As always, anglers are required to release any wild, unmarked steelhead they intercept in the fishery, which extends from the mouth of the Columbia to the Canadian border.

Anglers are reminded that fireworks are prohibited at all 32 WDFW wildlife areas and 700 water-access sites around the state. The Washington Department of Natural Resources has also issued a summer burn ban that prohibits campfires in most WDFW areas it oversees.

Fishing regulations for these and other fisheries are described in WDFW’s sport fishing rules pamphlet, available from sporting goods stores and posted at