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

March 3, 2004

Methow, Chewuch and Wenatchee rivers close to all fishing

Action: The Methow, Chewuch, and Wenatchee rivers will close to all fishing, March 5, 2004.

Effective date: March 5 through March 31, 2004

Locations: Methow River from mouth to falls above Brush Creek

Chewuch River from mouth to Pasayten Wilderness Boundary

Wenatchee River from mouth to Hwy. 2 Bridge in Leavenworth

Reason for action: The winter whitefish season on the three rivers allows for the use of bait, with a 3/16 (Sz.14) hook size. However, anglers have been targeting steelhead under the guise of fishing for whitefish. Since steelhead are listed under the Endangered Species Act as endangered, the fisheries are constrained by take limits. The take authorization on steelhead associated with the whitefish fisheries have been met on Methow, Chewuch, and Wenatchee rivers.

Information contact: Kirk Truscott, District 6 Fish Biologist, (509) 664-1227; Joe Foster, Regional Fish Management Program Manager, (509) 754-4624; Art Viola, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337.

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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