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Salmon fishing to close on Wenatchee, mainstem Columbia rivers

FISHING -- Salmon fishing will close on the Wenatchee River and portions of the Columbia River after sunset on Sunday, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department announced today.

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.

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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