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June 5, 2014 at 5:24 PM

First Wenatchee River hatchery spring chinook fishery in more than two decades opens Friday

For the first time in more than 20 years, the Wenatchee River will open Friday, June 6 for spring chinook fishing.

State Fish and Wildlife says almost 10,000 hatchery chinook are expected to return to the Wenatchee, which will be open daily until further notice..

Sections opening are from the Washington State Parks Foot Bridge at Confluence Park (just upstream from the confluence with the Columbia River) to 400 feet below Dryden Dam; and from the confluence with Peshastin Creek to the downstream side of the confluence with the Icicle River and from that point to a marker on the opposite shore.

The daily limit is two hatchery-marked spring chinook measuring at least 12 inches long. Anglers may keep only one daily limit of salmon, regardless of how many waters they fish.

Anglers can keep all hatchery-marked chinook until they attain their daily limit, and then must stop fishing for spring chinook.

All spring chinook with one or more round holes punched in the tail fin must be released and they are part of a study in the upper Wenatchee River Basin.

Follow selective gear rules in effect on the Wenatchee River wherever chinook seasons are open. No gear restrictions are in effect on the Icicle River, and anglers may use bait on both rivers.

Abide by the prohibition of internal combustion motorized vessels and observe night closures on the Wenatchee and Icicle rivers.

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