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June 12, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Entiat River opens for spring chinook fishing

If the Icicle River isn’t putting out any spring chinook, head to the Entiat River in Chelan County which opened today (June 12) for spring chinook salmon fishing.

Fishing is open today (June 12) through June 30 from the Alternate Highway 97 Bridge near the mouth of the Entiat River, upstream approximately six miles to 800 feet downstream of the Entiat National Fish Hatchery fish ladder entrance.

The daily limit is two salmon with a minimum size of 12 inches.

State Fish and Wildlife estimates about 2,000 hatchery-origin spring chinook and approximately 145 to 160 natural-origin spring chinook are expected to return to the Entiat River.

State Fish and Wildlife believes a selective fishery to remove excess, nonendemic hatchery spring chinook is warranted.

The Entiat River spring chinook fishery will be regulated as a selective fishery requiring the use of barbless hooks, anti-snagging rules, night closure, and mandatory release of adipose present chinook and all steelhead.

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