Wenatchee River salmon fishery update

July 25, 2022

Action:  Opens sockeye retention.

Effective dates:  One hour before official sunrise Monday, Aug. 1 to one hour after official sunset Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.

Species affected:  Salmon

Location:  Wenatchee River (Chelan Co.), from the mouth to the Icicle Road Bridge.


  1. Min. size 12". Daily limit 6, including no more than 2 adult hatchery Chinook and no more than 4 sockeye. Release coho and wild adult Chinook.
  1. Night closure in affect and no motorboats, other than boats with electric trolling motors may be used. (Chelan County ordinance 7.20.190 motorboat restrictions).
  1. Selective gear rules in effect, except bait is allowed.
  1. Two-pole endorsement not allowed in this fishery

 Reason for action:   Based on current sockeye passage analysis at both Tumwater Dam and mainstem Columbia River Dams, WDFW projects a surplus of harvestable sockeye destined for Lake Wenatchee, well above the natural spawning escapement goal of 23,000 fish.  

Additional information:  This fishery will be monitored closely and may close on short notice depending upon angler participation and harvest rates. Anglers are advised to check WDFW's website routinely for updates at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/emergency-rules.

If you would like to be notified of rule changes as they are announced, please sign up for the agency rule emails at https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/lists.

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.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email (Title6@dfw.wa.gov).