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August 1, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Anglers allowed to fish for hatchery chinook in Wenatchee River with lower area opening this Saturday

The Lower Wenatchee River will open this Saturday, Aug. 4 for a summer hatchery chinook mark selective fishery.

State Fish and Wildlife says they will meet spawning escapement, and the stock isn’t listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Fishery managers also say the majority of spring chinook and bull trout will have migrated to the Upper Wenatchee River, and few steelhead remain in the mainstem.

The daily limit is two adipose fin clipped summer chinook – adult or jack fish. All other fish must be released. Selective gear rules of single barbless lures or flies and no bait allowed. Also, no boats with motors, knotless nets, and night closure are in effect.

Areas opening are:

Wenatchee River from the mouth (confluence with the Columbia River) to 400 feet below Dryden Dam open from Saturday, Aug. 4 through Oct. 15.

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 from Sept. 1 through Oct. 15.

Anglers must have their license as well as a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement.

Note: All chinook with a floy (anchor) tag attached and/or one or more round 1/4 inch in diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin must be released. These fish are part of a state Fish and Wildlife study.

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