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.

Information contact: Region 5 office. (360) 696-6211 and press *1010 for regulations current fishing reports.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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