North-central Washington anglers will be able to keep one unmarked summer Chinook as part of their two-adult-king daily limit starting this Thursday, July 27, on part of the Brewster Pool.
With more wild Chinook returning to the Okanogan than are needed for spawning goals, WDFW says 2,000 are available for harvest.
They can be kept in the waters from the Highway 173 bridge to the Highway 17 bridge, a roughly 12-mile stretch of the Upper Columbia.
But the fishery will be closely monitored and could close on short notice, WDFW warns. Keep an eye on the agency’s e-reg site for updates.
The 2017 summer king run has slightly exceeded the initial forecast, and is now predicted to come in at 68,700, a bright spot in a year of poor springer, sockeye and steelhead returns to the Columbia.
The stock is not listed under the Endangered Species Act.