Tucannon River Report
The Tucannon river is now open for steelhead and trout fishing. The black bead-head Wooley bugger, bluefox and the black Rooster Tail are always a good choice for tackle. Get up here and try your luck on the Tucannon River. If you need any bait or tackle come on into the store and we can get you fixed up! Remember to check your regulations! New 2018-2019 regulations on Tucannon River, from the hatchery bridge to Cow Camp bridge single barbless hook, lures, flies only and no bait. Now, from the mouth up to the hatchery bridge no selective gear rules, all bait allowed, however, single barbless hook is required for steelhead fishing.
Trout 2 fish per day limit and must be over 8″. Steelhead 3 fish per day limit. (River)
For the most current update click on link to WDFW below
Spring, Blue, Rainbow and Deer lakes are the only lakes open at this time.
Big Four is fly fishing only, 2 fish limit and fish must be 14″ or more.
Catchables range from 8 – 10 inches and Jumbos are 13+” in size 5 fish per day limit.
Go to our Facebook page for the most current info.
Curl closes Oct. 31st, 2020. Rainbow, Deer & Watson close Nov. 30th 2020.
Spring & Blue and open all year.
With limitations in the store we highly recommend signing up online to hunt wind farm property! There will be waiting due to 10 person in store limit. We ask anyone not shopping, getting licenses or wind farm permits to wait in their vehicle.
Don’t wait in line for 45 minutes or more to fill out form. You fill out form online then just stop into our store with your photo ID and pick up your permit. I would highly recommend doing this as during busy periods (deer season) you can wait up to an HOUR or more.
Do yourself a favor and sign up online by using the links below! Make sure you read and UNDERSTAND rules and maps. If you don’t have time to pre scout, do yourself and other hunters a favor and don’t show up opening morning expecting to know where to go. These areas have a mixture of lands that are open / closed to access and you can get yourself into trouble trespassing in a hurry!
PLEASE read all info about access programs. With this shared access program, hunters only need to register with one utility to hunt at any of these wind facilities. You pick which location you want to pick them up at. Please respect the landowners property, this is a privilege to access this area.
For Tucannon, Marengo & Hopkins Ridge you only need to do one form you may go through PSE (1st link below) or PacifiCorp (2nd link below). If you also want Snake River then click on the 3rd link for PSE Snake River. You will get to choose where you want to pick them up: The Last Resort – Tucannon, or 4 Star Supply in Pomeroy.
- Wind Farm Online Access Form: for access to Tucannon, Marengo & Hopkins Ridge
- Wind Farm Online Access Form: Snake River
Puget Sound Energy / Hopkins Ridge
Located on 11,000 acres of farm and range land between Dayton and Pomeroy.
PacifiCorp / Marengo
Located between Turner Rd & Hartsock Grade.
Located on 20,000 acres of farm and range land north of Dayton, WA.
THE UTILITIES LEASE THE LAND FROM PRIVATE LANDOWNERS AND THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. WHILE MUCH OF THIS LAND IS OPEN TO PUBLIC ACCESS, SPECIAL RULES ARE IN PLACE TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF VISITORS, HUNTERS, LOCAL RESIDENTS AND WIND PROJECT WORKERS. THESE RULES ARE DESIGNED TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO THE WIND FARMS’ EQUIPMENT.
WIND FARM ACCESS
Access to PSE, PGE & PacifiCorp area may be gained by coming to The Last Resort during regular store hours. You MUST have:
- photo ID
- Hunting license
- and license plate number of vehicles you will be driving
These permits are available at no cost. More info below.
WHY HAVE ACCESS CONTROLLED:
The landowners involved are in a lease agreement with PSE to have the turbines on their property. These turbines provide additional income to the farmers and their families as well as providing energy that is “home grown”. The landowners involved in the access program have NO obligation to keep their land available for access (hunting) but have chosen to allow hunting through this access program. Many land owners do not allow hunting these days as I am sure you are aware! We should all thank the land owners, PSE and Fish & Wildlife for coming up with this program.
WHY IS THE LAST RESORT INVOLVED:
The Last Resort caters to hunters and many of you have become our friends. We are open 7 days a week with extended hours during hunting season. Since we are already here and “taking care” of hunters it was a natural for us to volunteer to handle the paperwork, inquires and foot traffic that will be generated by this access program. We should all go out of our way to thank the landowners, PSE, PGE, PacifiCorp and Fish & Wildlife for this program.
HOW IT WORKS:
This program is as simple as we could make it. You come to The Last Resort during store hours and fill out and sign an agreement each person getting permit MUST be present with drivers license or photo ID (excluding minors), license plate # of hunting rig, and wild ID number from your hunting license, watch a 3 minute DVD on safety in the wind farm area, pick up a map of areas available to hunt and you are good to go until March 31st the following year. A new permit will then be available and valid from April 1 to March 31st on a regular basis (just like your hunting & fishing license is now). I hope everyone realizes how much work and time went into this and appreciates what a privilege it is to have this land available. Maps to areas open for hunting will be provided. YOU are responsible for following rules and knowing where you are. Signage will be posted in various areas indicating what areas are available for this program. It would be a GOOD idea to take a little time to scout and familiarize yourself with the area.
For more info or questions call The Last Resort