Effective dates: April 25 through June 30, 2015.
Species affected: Trout and all other game fish.
Location: Upper Wheeler Reservoir, located approximately 11 miles southwest of the town of Wenatchee (Chelan County).
Reason for action: Upper Wheeler Reservoir is owned and operated by the Wenatchee Heights Reclamation District (WHRD) and has been closed to public access. WDFW has made arrangements with reclamation district and the Wenatchee Valley Fly Fishers to grant public access to recreational anglers under fly-fishing-only regulations. The agreement includes fish stocking, a land use agreement by WDFW and site maintenance by the Wenatchee Valley Fly Fishers. A permanent rule proposal allowing fly fishing only on Upper Wheeler Reservoir has been adopted by WDFW and will be included in the 2015/2016 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet effective July 1, 2015.
Other Information: Catch and release for trout species only. Statewide general rules for size and bag limits apply for all other game fish. The use of motors is prohibited. Anglers should consult the current sportfishing rules pamphlet for a definition of fly-fishing-only regulations.
Information contacts: Travis Maitland, District 7 fish biologist, (509) 665-3337, Jeff Korth, Region 2 fish program manager, (509) 754-4624.
Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons 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.