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

October 1, 2014

Upper Columbia and select tributaries to open for coho salmon retention

Action: Open the Columbia River from Priest Rapids Dam to Chief Joseph Dam, including the Wenatchee, Icicle, and Methow Rivers for coho fishing.

Species affected: Coho salmon

Effective date: Oct. 4 through Nov. 30, 2014.

General rules:

Daily limit 2 coho salmon, minimum size 12 inches

Selective gear rules are in effect for all coho fishery areas, except bait allowed on the mainstem Columbia River

Night closure in effect for all coho fishery areas

Release all floy (anchor) tagged coho

Motorized vessels are not allowed on the Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers (Chelan Co ordinance 7.20.190 Motorboat restrictions).

Locations:

1) The Columbia River from Priest Rapids Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam;

2) The Wenatchee River from the mouth to the Wenatchee River at the Icicle River Road Bridge, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

4) The Methow River from the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop; Fishing from a floating device is prohibited from the second powerline crossing (1 mile upstream from the mouth) to the first Hwy 153 Bridge (4 miles upstream from the mouth).

Reason for action: An estimated 30,000 or more coho are expected to return this year above Priest Rapids Dam and are in excess of spawning escapement and hatchery broodstock needs. The population is not listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)

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 steelhead. Access to Wanapum Dam Pool is closed at this time. See Grant County PUD website for updates. http: //www.grantpud.org/your-pud/media-room/wanapum-dam-spillway-response.

All anglers must possess a valid fishing license and a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement to participate in these fisheries. 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 steelhead 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: https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/rules_all_freshwater.j Information contacts: Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624, Ryan Fortier, District 6 Fish Biologist, (509) 997-0316, Travis Maitland, 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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