Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

August 29, 2012

Lake Chelan Project Tailrace to open for salmon fishing

Action: Open the Lake Chelan Project Tailrace for salmon fishing

Effective Date: Sept. 1 through Oct. 15, 2012

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Daily Limit: Six chinook salmon; up to 3 adult chinook may be retained, of which only 1 may be a wild adult chinook. Minimum size is 12 inches.

Location: Lake Chelan Project (powerhouse) tailrace from the railroad bridge to the Chelan PUD safety barrier below the powerhouse.

Other angler information: Night closure and anti-snagging rule is in effect. Internal combustion motors prohibited. Anglers must stay downstream of Chelan County PUD boundary signs on the northern shoreline. Fishing along the southwest shoreline (shoreline on the same side of the river as the Chelan Co. PUD Powerhouse Park) is limited to wading only (no fishing from bank in this area). No fishing in the Chelan Co. PUD Powerhouse Park swimming area.

All chinook with a floy (anchor) tag attached and/or with one or more holes (round, approximately 1/4 inch diameter) punched in the caudal (tail) fin must be released. These fish are essential to ongoing studies being conducted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license and catch record card, as well as a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement (CRSSE). Harvest must be recorded on the angler's catch record card. Revenue from the CRSSE supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River steelhead fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River basin.

Reason for action: Adult chinook salmon released as juveniles from the net pens just below the Chelan PUD powerhouse are expected to return in sufficient numbers to provide a fishery. The population is not listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Information contacts: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337, Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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