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

October 14, 2008

Lake Chelan re-opens for chinook salmon fishing

Action: Chinook salmon fishing re-opens.

Effective dates: Oct. 15, 2008 through Feb. 8, 2009.

Species affected: Hatchery reared land locked summer Chinook salmon.

Location: All of Lake Chelan, except within 400 feet of the mouths of all tributaries.

Reason for action: Preliminary efforts to provide a salmon fishery based on hatchery reared triploid summer Chinook stocking have been successful. However, this fishery is in its infancy, much information concerning abundance and fish origin is needed to guide future management decisions. This fishery was previously opened with a one fish limit. This regulation increases the limit to two fish and is designed to evaluate catch rates of Chinook present in the lake. WDFW will be surveying anglers and the salmon caught in the sport fishery.

Other Information: Minimum size is 15 inches, Daily limit of 2 salmon. No catch record card is needed. Land locked summer chinook are not listed or protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Information contact: Art Viola (509) 665-3337 or the Wenatchee Office (509) 662-0452.

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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