Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

May 23, 2012

Columbia River below Bonneville Dam two days of spring chinook sport fishing adopted

Action: Provides two days of fishing for hatchery adult spring chinook on the mainstem Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam.

Species affected: Spring chinook, steelhead and sockeye

Area: The mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Restrictions: BANK ANGLING ONLY FROM BEACON ROCK UPSTREAM TO BONNEVILLE DAM. Closed to fishing for salmonids from boats between Beacon Rock and Bonneville Dam. The Beacon Rock boundary is defined as a line projected from the deadline marker on the Oregon bank (approximately four miles downstream from Bonneville Dam Powerhouse 1) through the western tip of Pierce Island to a deadline marker on the Washington bank at Beacon Rock.

Effective date: May 26 and May 27, 2012.

Daily bag limit: Daily salmonid limit is 6 fish (hatchery chinook or hatchery steelhead or sockeye), of which no more than two may be adult chinook or steelhead, and no more than one may be an adult chinook. All sockeye count as part of the adult daily limit. Release all wild chinook and wild steelhead. Salmon minimum size: 12 inches.

Additional rules: 1) On the mainstem Columbia River, anglers may not possess in the field salmon and steelhead mutilated so that size, species or fin clip cannot be determined until the angler has reached their automobile or principle means of land transportation and has completed their daily angling.

2) Effective immediately through June 15, 2012: For the mainstem Columbia River salmon and steelhead fishery from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Oregon/Washington border, it is unlawful when fishing from vessels which are less than 30 feet in length, substantiated by Coast Guard documentation or Marine Board registration, to totally remove from the water any salmon or steelhead required to be released.

Reason for action: Harvestable numbers of hatchery salmon remain available based on the current forecasts, associated management agreements, and harvest estimates to date.