Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

December 30, 2003

Columbia River smelt seasons to open

Action: Columbia River and tributary smelt season opens January 1, 2004.

Effective date: January 1 through March 31, 2004. Mainstem Columbia is open 7 days per week and 24 hours per day. Washington tributaries are open 7 days per week during the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Species affected: Columbia River smelt (eulachon)

Location: The Columbia River and tributaries below Bonneville Dam.

Reason for action: Abundance and productivity indices support a Level 3 fishery, as described in the "Washington and Oregon Eulachon Management Plan" for the Columbia River.

Other information: No license is required. Daily limit is 20 pounds per person (about 2/3 of a 5-gallon bucket). Dip net gear only. Please remember to respect private property.