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

July 26, 2017

Anglers may retain one un-clipped adult chinook as part of the daily limit in Brewster Pool

Action: Allow retention of one (1) un-clipped adult chinook salmon as part of the current salmon daily limit.

Effective date: July 27, 2017, 12:01 a.m. until further notice.

Area: From the Highway 173 bridge at Brewster upstream to the Highway 17 bridge at Bridgeport.

Reason for action: Current estimates of un-clipped (wild) adult chinook salmon returning to the Okanogan River exceed spawner escapement needs. Approximately 2,000 wild adult chinook are available for harvest by recreational sport anglers.

Other information:

WDFW will be monitoring wild adult chinook harvest closely and may shut this fishery down on short notice.

Anglers are advised to check the fishing hotline at 360-902-2500 or the WDFW?s website daily (https: //fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/).

The daily salmon limit in the Brewster Pool is still four (4). This area remains closed for sockeye salmon. Check the 2017-2018 sport fishing rules pamphlet for complete details.

Anglers are required to possess a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement as part of their valid fishing license.

Information contact: Chad Jackson, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, Ephrata, (509) 754-4624 ext. 250 or Ryan Fortier, District 6 Fish Biologist, Twisp, (509) 997-0316.

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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