Action: Closes salmon fishing on the Wenatchee River and portions of the mainstem Columbia River.

Effective date: One hour after sunset on Oct. 7, 2012.

Locations:  Wenatchee River from the mouth (confluence with the Columbia River) to the Icicle Road bridge near the west end of Leavenworth, and mainstem Columbia River from Rock Island Dam to Chief Joseph Dam.

Species affected: Chinook and sockeye salmon.

Reason for action: The salmon fishery is approaching allowable limits of incidental impacts to ESA-listed steelhead under the Permit 1554, which covers the summer chinook and sockeye fisheries.

Other information: The fall chinook fisheries below Rock Island Dam and the summer chinook fishery in the Chelan River are not affected by this closure. Please check WDFW’s “Fishing in Washington” rules pamphlet and emergency regulations on the department’s website for details on all permanent fishing seasons and regulations for those waters.

Information contact: Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, Ephrata, (509) 754-4624; Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, Wenatchee, (509) 665-3337; Bob Jateff, District 6 Fish Biologist, Twisp, (509) 997-0316.

Logo courtesy Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

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