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

October 11, 2013

Upper Columbia and selected tributaries to open for hatchery steelhead fishing

ACTIONS: Open the Columbia River from Rock Island Dam to Chief Joseph Dam, including the Wenatchee, Icicle, Methow, and Okanogan Rivers, on Oct. 16, 2013, and the Similkameen River on Nov.1, 2013 to fishing for adipose-fin clipped hatchery-origin steelhead until further notice.

SPECIES AFFECTED: Hatchery steelhead

GENERAL RULES:

Mandatory retention of adipose fin clipped steelhead, daily limit two (2) hatchery steelhead, identified by a missing adipose fin with a healed scar in its location.

Selective gear rules and night closure are in effect for all steelhead fishery areas. Except bait is allowed on mainstem Columbia River from Rock Island Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam.

Adipose present steelhead must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.

Release all steelhead with a floy (anchor) tag attached and/or one or more round 1/4 inch in diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin.

Motorized vessels are not allowed on the Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers (Chelan Co ordinance 7.20.190 Motorboat restrictions)

EFFECTIVE DATES AND LOCATIONS:

1) The mainstem Columbia River from Rock Island Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam; Oct. 16, 2013 until further notice.

2) The Wenatchee River from the mouth to the Wenatchee River at the Icicle Road Bridge, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam; Oct.16, 2013 until further notice.

3) The Methow River from the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop; Oct.16, 2013 until further notice. Fishing from a floating device is prohibited from the second powerline crossing (1 mile upstream from the mouth) to the first Hwy 153 Bridge (4 miles upstream from the mouth).

4) The Okanogan River from the mouth to the Highway 97 Bridge in Oroville; Oct.16, 2013 until further notice.

5) The Similkameen River, from its mouth to 400 feet below Enloe Dam; Nov. 1, 2013 until further notice.

OTHER ANGLER INFORMATION:

Anglers should be aware that fishing rules are subject to change and that rivers can close at any time due to impacts on natural origin steelhead. Adhering to the mandatory retention of adipose clipped steelhead is vital in allowing the fishery to continue and to provide the maximum benefit to natural origin fish.

All anglers must possess a valid fishing license and a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement to participate in these fisheries. Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River steelhead fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River Basin.

Check the fishing hotline at 360-902-2500 or the webpage at https: //fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/rules_all_freshwater.j

Reason for action: Hatchery-origin steelhead in excess of desired escapement are forecast to return to the upper Columbia River. The fishery will reduce the number of excess hatchery-origin steelhead and consequently increase the proportion of natural-origin steelhead on the spawning grounds. Higher proportions of naturally produced spawners are expected to improve genetic integrity and stock recruitment of upper Columbia River steelhead through perpetuation of steelhead stocks with the greatest natural-origin lineage.

Information contacts: Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624, Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337.

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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