Entiat River summer Chinook fishery update

July 1, 2024

Action: Opens salmon fishing on the Entiat River one week early and expands the upstream fishing boundary.

Effective date: July 9 through Sept. 30, 2024.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Entiat River (Chelan County) from mouth (railroad bridge) to the Mad River Road Bridge crossing the Entiat River (near Adenvoir).

Salmon rules: Minimum size is 12 inches. Daily limit is six Chinook. Release all salmon other than Chinook. Night closure in effect.

Reason for action: The preseason forecast for summer Chinook returning to the Entiat River is predicted to be in excess of hatchery brood stock needs. Opening early and expanding the fishing boundary is intended to increase the opportunity to harvest excess summer Chinook while providing for the protection and conservation of adult Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed spring Chinook on the spawning grounds.

Additional information: All other rules listed in the 2024-2025 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for the Entiat River remain in effect. This fishery will be monitored closely and may close on short notice if there are impacts to ESA listed spring Chinook. Anglers are advised to check WDFW's emergency rules website routinely for updates.

Information contact: Region 2 (Ephrata Office), 509-754-4624, Wenatchee District Office, 509-662-0452 or email TeamEphrata@dfw.wa.gov.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on definitions and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at 360-902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call toll free 866-880-5431.

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