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Wednesday, June 28, 2023
By Dave Graybill
One of the salmon areas that has gained in popularity in fairly recent years is at Chelan Falls. It is located where the Chelan River enters the Columbia River, just below the Bebee Bridge. A primary reason that this spot is so popular is that there is a net pen placed in the Chelan River that raises and releases summer run Chinook salmon. Salmon anglers at Chelan Falls benefit from the return of these fish. The ratio of hatchery salmon caught compared to wild fish is very high. Although the opportunity to catch sockeye at Chelan Falls is low, many anglers will make the run up to Wells Dam to catch sockeye and finish their day. Another attractive feature of this fishing area is that there are two Chelan PUD boat launches nearby. One is on the Douglas County side and the other is on the Chelan County side. The Douglas County park offers RV hook ups and camping. The Chelan County park is day use only. The abundance of hatchery fish and the proximity of two launches make Chelan Falls one of the best places to enjoy the salmon fishing season on the upper Columbia.