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

June 20, 2006

Lower Section of the Okanogan River to open for salmon fishing July 1

Action: Open the Okanogan River from the mouth to the Hwy 97 Bridge immediately upstream of mouth to salmon fishing beginning July 1.

Effective dates: July 1, 2006, through Oct. 15, 2006.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: The Okanogan River from the mouth to the Hwy 97 Bridge immediately upstream of mouth.

Reason for action: In the 2006-2007 regulation pamphlet, the Okanogan River was inadvertently listed as opening July 16 but the intent was to open this section on the same date as the adjacent area of the Columbia River.

Other information: Daily limit is six salmon, no more than two adults. All coho and sockeye must be released. Non-buoyant lure restriction and night closure are in effect.

Information contact: Bob Jateff, District Fish Biologist, Omak (509) 826-7341.

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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