Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

July 29, 2014

Chinook fishing to begin Aug. 1 on two upper Columbia River tributaries

Actions: Opens the chinook salmon seasons on the Chelan River and one section of the Wenatchee River one month earlier than currently listed in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Effective Date: Aug. 1, 2014

Effective Locations:

Wenatchee River: From the confluence of Peshastin Creek (approximately 1,000 feet above Dryden Dam) to the Icicle River Road bridge on the west end of Leavenworth.

Chelan River: From the railroad bridge at the mouth to the Chelan PUD safety barrier below the powerhouse.

General rules and daily limits:

Wenatchee River: Minimum size 12 inches. The daily limit is four hatchery chinook salmon, of which only two may be adult hatchery chinook. Selective gear rules (only unscented artificial flies or lures with one single-point barbless hook, knotless nets, no bait allowed) and night closures are in effect. In addition, no boats with motors are allowed (Chelan County ordinance 7.20.190 motorboat restrictions). The regulation allowing 2-pole angling on the Columbia River does not apply to the Wenatchee River.

Chelan River: Minimum size 12 inches. Daily limit is eight; up to two may be adult hatchery chinook and up to four may be sockeye. Release coho and wild adult chinook. Barbless hooks are required and night closures are in effect. In addition, no boats with motors are allowed (Chelan County ordinance 7.20.190 motorboat restrictions) The regulation allowing 2-pole angling on the Columbia River does not apply to the Chelan River.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Angler Notes: Hatchery summer chinook can be identified by a missing adipose fin with a healed scar in its location. Anglers are reminded that under statewide regulations they may only retain one daily limit of salmon regardless of the number of waters they fish.

Reason for actions:

Wenatchee River: Hatchery summer chinook returns to