Action: Opens Salmon Creek to fishing
Effective dates: July 28 through Oct. 31, 2012
Species affected: Smallmouth bass, brook trout, adipose-clipped rainbow
Location: Salmon Creek from the Okanogan Irrigation District diversion (7.2 km upstream of the mouth) to Conconully Reservoir Dam
Reason for action: Salmon Creek has been designated as a recovery stream for steelhead listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. Sufficient water has been procured for Salmon Creek to attract spawning steelhead adults. However, non-native species such as smallmouth bass and eastern brook trout – along with residual juvenile hatchery steelhead – have increased competition and predation making recovery efforts more difficult.
Daily bag/size limits: For smallmouth bass, eastern brook trout, and adipose-clipped rainbow trout, there is no minimum size and the daily limit for each species is ten (10). All other trout and salmon species must be released. Selective gear rules are in effect.
Other information: For rainbow trout, only fish with a clipped adipose fin and a healed scar at the location of the clipped fin can be retained.
Information contact: Bob Jateff, District 6 Fish Biologist in Twisp, (509) 997-0316; or Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager in Ephrata, (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.