Search News Releases

Search mode:
"and" "or"
Search in:
Recent News Releases
(Last 30 days)
All News Releases
Emergency Fishing Rule Changes
Sport Fishing Rule Changes
Fish and Shellfish Health Advisories & Closures
Marine Biotoxin Bulletin
Beach closures due to red tide and other marine toxins
Local Fish Consumption Advisories
Health advisories due to contaminants
Fish Facts for Healthy Nutrition
Information on mercury, PCBs and other contaminants in fish
News Releases Archive
Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr 
May  Jun  Jul  Aug 
Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr 
May  Jun  Jul  Aug 
Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr 
May  Jun  Jul  Aug 
Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 

600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

This document is provided for archival purposes only.
Archived documents do not reflect current WDFW regulations or policy and may contain factual inaccuracies.

  Digg it!  StumbleUpon  Reddit

August 03, 2005
Contact: Joe Miller, WDFW, (509) 754-4624
Or Bob Jateff, WDFW, (509) 826-7341
Or Art Viola, WDFW, (509) 665-3337

Fishing remains closed in Wenatchee,
Entiat and Methow rivers

OLYMPIA – An unusually high number of anglers violating closures on the Wenatchee and Entiat rivers and portions of the Methow River has prompted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to remind anglers that fishing for game fish isn’t allowed on these waters.

On the Methow alone, enforcement officers contacted 27 anglers recently and informed them they can’t fish there, said Capt. Steve Dauma, WDFW regional enforcement captain for North Central Washington. Officers generally come in contact with a small percentage of anglers, Dauma estimates, so the number of people fishing illegally could be higher.

WDFW personnel have also tried to get the word out by posting signs at river access points and distributing fliers to businesses that sell fishing licenses, said Bob Jateff, WDFW district fish biologist for Okanogan County.

Of the three rivers, only a stretch of the Methow from Gold Creek to Weeman Bridge is ever open to fishing for game fish other than whitefish. That season runs from June 1 to Sept. 30.

Anglers’ confusion might stem from a change in the 2005-06 “Fishing in Washington” rules pamphlet. In past editions, “CLOSED WATERS” was written in the “Special Rules” section for the three rivers. This year, the standing closure wasn’t specifically detailed in those waters, possibly leading anglers to assume that the statewide season of June 1 to Oct. 31 is in effect.