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FISHING RULE CHANGE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
September 9, 2003
Chinook fishery opens on Okanogan and Similkameen Rivers
Action: The Okanogan and Similkameen rivers open to the harvest of chinook
salmon. Daily limit is six salmon, with no more than two adults. Salmon
other than chinook must be released unharmed. Night closure and
non-buoyant lure restriction are in effect for all species
Effective date: Immediately through September 30, 2003.
Location: The Okanogan River upstream of the Highway 97 bridge at Brewster
to 1/4 mile below the railroad trestle near Zosel Dam; and the Similkameen
River from the confluence with the Okanogan River upstream to the city
bridge at Oroville.
Reason for action: Recent summer chinook run past Wells Dam has exceeded
42,000 fish. Natural production escapement objectives are 3,500 fish. This
leaves chinook escapement approximately 11 times greater than natural
production needs for the tributaries upstream of Wells Dam.
Other information: The section of the Okanogan River open to salmon
remains closed to trout (including steelhead) and open to other game fish.
The night closure and non-buoyant lure restriction applies to all species
during the open salmon season. The section of the Similkameen River open
to salmon remains closed to the taking of all game fish.
Information contact: Kirk Truscott (509) 664-1227 or Joe Foster (509)
Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license. Check the WDFW
2003 AFishing in Washington@ rules pamphlet or the Fishing section of the
WDFW webpage at http:www.wa.gov/wdfw for details on fishing seasons and
regulations. Fishing regulations 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)
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