Chelan River

Chelan River near Chelan, WA

Located in Chelan County, WA


Chelan River Fishing:

The Chelan river runs from lake Chelan to the Columbia river. The river itself is only a few mile but has significant runs of Chinook and Sockeye salmon.  Trout and Coho are catch and release only but the bag limits for Chinook and Sockeye are probably the best in the State.


Salmonid Species:


Chinook (King Salmon)

Silver Salmon

Coho (Silver Salmon)


Sockeye (Red Salmon)


Steelhead (Sea Run Rainbow Trout)


When to Fish

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Salmon Season is generally open in September and October.

**See Washington State fishing REGS for exact times.



Daily Limits

This fishery generally allows 8 Salmon per day but only 2 may be adult Chinook and 4 can be Sockeye.

**See Washington State fishing REGS for details.



Preferred Fishing Tackle:

One single point barbless hook. Corky and yarn, Jigs or spinners,


Sand Shrimp, Salmon Eggs


Sand Shrimp, Salmon Eggs


Tackle Tips:
Top Recommendation for this location is plunking or drifting sand shrimp or eggs. next possibly a steelhead jig, or corky and yarn and lastly spinners.


Combat Fishing Rating:

Hand to Hand. Eye protection recommended!

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