Keep an eye on the Cougar Creek Fire burning well upstream, but starting tomorrow on the Entiat you can use bait for summer Chinook.
WDFW says it is relaxing the selective-gear rule on the Chelan County river to increase retention of hatchery kings to keep them off the spawning grounds of wild springers further upstream.
Anglers will also be able to use up to two single barbless hooks on their line.
The changes go into effect Aug. 4 from the mouth to the boundary marker above the upper Roaring Creek bridge and just below the national fish hatchery.
By catch stat, August was the best month on the Entiat during the 2016 season, accounting for 199 of the 309 Chinook caught that year.
The river’s running below average for this time of year, around 180 cubic feet per second. As of July 21, 138 kings had returned to the fish hatchery. Managers are expecting a better return than last year’s strong one. The daily limit is six.
For information on the fire, which made a run yesterday and led to a level 3 evacuation notice from Potato Creek to road end, monitor #CougarCreekFire and #wawildfire on Twitter, see InciWeb and Chelan County Emergency Management.