Sockeye retention opens in Okanogan River

June 30, 2022

Action: Opens sockeye retention.

Species affected: Sockeye salmon.

Locations, effective dates, and rules: Okanogan River (Okanogan Co.):

(1) From the mouth to the Hwy. 97 bridge immediately upstream of the mouth:

July 1 through Oct. 15: Salmon: Min. size 12". Daily limit 6, including no more than 2 adult hatchery Chinook and no more than 4 sockeye. Release wild adult Chinook and coho. Night closure and Anti-snagging rule in effect. Barbed hooks are allowed.

Two-pole fishing is allowed with valid a two-pole endorsement.

(2) From the Hwy. 97 bridge immediately upstream of the mouth to the Hwy. 97 bridge at Oroville:

July 1 through Sept. 15: Salmon: Min. size 12". Daily limit 6, including no more than 2 adult hatchery Chinook and no more than 4 sockeye. Release wild adult Chinook and coho. Night closure and Anti-snagging rule in effect. Barbed hooks are allowed.

Reason for action: The U.S. v Oregon Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) updated the Columbia River sockeye salmon run from 198,000 pre-season to approximately 426,000. At this updated run size there are additional Sockeye available for the Okanogan River. The TAC is comprised of representatives from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, NOAA, and the Treaty Tribes and are responsible for developing pre-season and in-season run forecast that salmon season are based on.

Additional information: Anglers are reminded that the Colville Confederated Tribes will be collecting broodstock and fish for ceremonial and subsistence. Please be respectful of this activity.
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Information contact: Region 2 Office (Ephrata): (509) 754-4624 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 360-796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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