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

July 1, 2020

Chelan River opens for summer Chinook

Action: Opens Chinook seasons.

Effective date: One hour before official sunrise July 16 to one hour after official sunset on October 15, 2020.

Species affected: Salmon

Location: From the mouth (railroad bridge) Chelan County PUD safety barrier below the powerhouse.

Rule: Salmon daily limit is 6; up to 2 adult hatchery Chinook may be retained. Min. size is 12". Release sockeye, coho, and wild adult Chinook.

Reason for action: The U.S. v Oregon Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) updated the summer Chinook run from a pre-season value of 38,000 to 65,000. At this updated run size there are more surplus hatchery fish available for harvest. The TAC is comprised of representatives from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, NOAA, and the Treaty Tribes and are responsible for developing pre-season and in-season run forecasts that salmon seasons are based on.

Additional information: The summer Chinook run will be closely monitored and updated by TAC weekly. The season could change or close quickly if necessary.

Barbed hooks are allowed.

Information contact: Call the Ephrata regional office (509-754-4624) or email TeamEphrata@dfw.wa.gov.

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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