Extend upper boundary of Wenatchee River summer chinook fishery

Wenatchee River - (Chelan County)

by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Action: Anglers will be able to fish for and retain adipose fin clipped summer chinook salmon (adult or jack) in an additional section of the Wenatchee River.

Effective Dates: Sept. 7 through Sept. 30, 2013.

Location: Wenatchee River from the Hwy. 2 Bridge in Leavenworth upstream to the Icicle River Road Bridge.

Species Affected: Chinook Salmon

Reason for Action: Hatchery summer chinook returns to the Wenatchee River are predicted to be in excess of spawning escapement needs. Opening this additional section will provide expanded opportunity for anglers to harvest these hatchery fish. 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.

Other Information: Daily limit of four adipose fin clipped summer chinook may be retained on the Wenatchee River, of which only two may be adult hatchery chinook. Selective gear rules and night closure are in effect. In addition, boats with motors are prohibited on the Wenatchee River, per Chelan County Ordinance 7.20.190, "Motorboat Restrictions."

Anglers must have a current Washington fishing license as well as a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement (CRSSE). Revenue from the CRSSE 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.

Information Contact: Travis Maitland, District 7 fish biologist, Wenatchee, (509) 665-3337; Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program manager, Ephrata, (509) 754-4624.

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