Don’t eat Steelhead from the upper Columbia River if they have a hole punched in their tail this fall.
If you are fishing for Steelhead on the upper Columbia River between October 1 and December 6 from the bridge in Pasco down to the wooden power line in Old Hanford townsite, Washington officials have a reminder for you.
Anglers must let them go if the steelhead have a hole in their tail. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has released a warning that steelhead with this marking were part of a research project that was recently conducted.
The fish had been sedated with an anesthetic called MS-222. They were taken from the Priest Rapid Dam and then released back into the river. The sedative could pose a risk to human health and renders the fish not safe for eating until three weeks after being used.