Upper Columbia to open for summer Chinook fishing

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Despite a planned closure of the Columbia to salmon fishing, there will be an opening next week…

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The WDFW announced that portions of the Upper Columbia and two tributaries will open to Chinook fishing starting next Tuesday.

According to WDFW, returns of hatchery summer Chinook to Entiat and Chelan Falls hatcheries indicate broodstock needs will be met. This means surplus hatchery Chinook are available for harvest. Removal of summer Chinook in the Entiat River will also help achieve conservation objectives.

That means an opening for fishing starting Tuesday morning on the Columbia River from Rocky Reach Dam to Wells Dam; on the Entiat River from the mouth to just below the fish hatchery; and on the Chelan River from the mouth to Chelan PUD Safety Barrier.

The daily limit is six Chinook with only two being adult fish. Anglers are asked to release any wild Chinook, Sockeye or Coho.

Link to Press Release from WDFW.