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

July 17, 2015

Upper Columbia river tributaries to close to fishing for salmon and other species

Action: Close current seasons and scheduled future fishing seasons for salmon and/or other species in the Wenatchee, Icicle, Okanogan, and the Similkameen Rivers and Lake Wenatchee.

Effective date: July 18, 2015, until further notice.

Species affected: Sockeye and summer chinook salmon; all species in Similkameen River.


1) Wenatchee River (Chelan Co.) from the mouth to the Icicle River Road Bridge- current and scheduled salmon seasons closed.

2) Icicle River (Chelan Co.) from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam - current salmon seasons closed.

3) Lake Wenatchee (Chelan Co.) - closed.

4) Okanogan River from the Hwy 97 bridge immediately upstream of the mouth to Zosel Dam - current salmon seasons closed.

5) Similkameen River from the mouth upstream to Enloe Dam - closed to all fishing.

Reason for action: Water temperatures in the rivers are exceeding the upper limit of tolerance for sockeye and summer chinook survival. The angling and handling of adipose present salmon at these temperatures further reduces survival after release.

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.

Return to WDFW Home Page Return to WDFW Home Page

Find a bug or error in the system? Let us know about it!
©2003-2022 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
E-mail <webmaster@dfw.wa.gov>