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

June 5, 2014

Spring chinook mark selective fishery to open on the Wenatchee River

Actions: Open salmon fishing on the Wenatchee River (Chelan Co.).

Effective dates: June 6, 2014 until further notice.

Effective locations:

(1) Wenatchee River: From the Washington State Parks foot bridge at Confluence Park (just upstream from the confluence with the Columbia River) to 400 feet below Dryden Dam.

(2) Wenatchee River: From the confluence with Peshastin Creek and from that point to a line perpendicular with the river to the opposite river bank (approximately 1,000 feet above Dryden Dam). Then to the downstream point of the confluence with the Icicle River and from that point to a line perpendicular with the Wenatchee River to the marker on the opposite river bank.

Daily limit: Two adipose fin clipped chinook salmon, (adult or jack) minimum size 12 inches. Note: Anglers are reminded that under statewide regulations they may only retain one daily limit of salmon regardless of the number of waters they fish in.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

GENERAL RULES: Mandatory retention of adipose fin clipped spring chinook. Hatchery spring chinook are identified by a missing adipose fin with a healed scar in its location.

Selective gear rules are in effect, except bait is allowed. Night closure in effect for all spring chinook fishery areas.

Adipose present spring chinook must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.

Release all spring chinook with one or more round inch diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin.

Motorized vessels are not allowed on the Wenatchee River (Chelan Co ordinance 7.20.190 Motorboat restrictions)

Two pole endorsement does not apply to this fishery.

Reason for action: Hatchery-origin spring chinook in excess of desired escapement are forecast to return to the Wenatchee River. The fishery will reduce the number of excess hatchery-origin spring chinook and consequently increase the proportion of natural-origin spring chinook on the spawning grounds. Higher proportions of naturally produced spawners are expected to improve genetic integrity and stock recruitment through perpetuation of spring chinook stocks with the greatest natural-origin lineage. In-season run analysis has predicted that about 7,000 Carson stock and 3,200 hatchery reared Chiwawa River spring chinook salmon are currently enroute to the Wenatchee River. Carson stock salmon returning to the Icicle River are a non-endemic stock returning to Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, and are not listed under the ESA.


Icicle River: From the closure signs located 800 feet upstream of the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam. Other Information: Anglers should be aware that fishing rules are subject to change and that rivers can close at any time due to impacts on natural origin spring chinook. Adhering to the mandatory retention of adipose clipped spring chinook is vital in allowing the fishery to continue and to provide the maximum benefit to natural origin fish. Anglers are required to possess a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement as part of their valid fishing license. Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River spring chinook fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River basin. Check the fishing hotline at 360-902-2500 or the webpage at https: //fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/rules_all_freshwater.j Information contact: 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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