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

July 27, 2011

Summer chinook mark selective fishery to open Aug. 1 in the Wenatchee River

Action: Anglers will be able to fish for and retain adipose-fin-clipped adult and jack summer chinook salmon in the lower mainstem Wenatchee River beginning Aug. 1.

Rule: Daily limit of two adipose fin clipped summer chinook (adult or jack). All other fish must be released. Selective gear rules and night closure in effect.

Effective dates and locations:

(1) Aug. 1, through Oct. 15, 2011, Wenatchee River from the mouth (confluence with the Columbia River) to 400 feet below Dryden Dam.

(2) Sept. 1, through Oct. 15, 2011, Wenatchee River from the confluence of Peshastin Creek to a line perpendicular to the river at a marker on the opposite shore (approximately 1,000 feet above Dryden Dam) to the Icicle Creek road bridge on the west end of Leavenworth.

Species affected: Summer run chinook salmon

Reason for action: Hatchery summer chinook returns to the Wenatchee River are predicted to be in excess of spawning escapement needs. The population is not listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The majority of spring chinook and bull trout will have migrated to the upper Wenatchee River, and few steelhead will remain in the mainstem.

Important angler note: All chinook with a floy (anchor) tag attached and/or caudal punch must be released. These fish are essential to ongoing studies being conducted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license in addition to a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement Stamp.

No boats with motors (Chelan Co ordinance 7.20.190 Motorboat restrictions).

Information contact: Bob Jateff, District 6 Fish Biologist, Twisp, (509) 997-0316; Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, Ephrata, (509) 754-4624

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 lat