Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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July 27, 2012

Mark-selective fall chinook fishery on lower Columbia River

Action: Sets a mark-selective fishery for hatchery fall chinook in the mainstem Columbia from the Lewis River downstream to the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line.

Effective dates: Monday Sept. 10 through Sunday Sept. 16, 2012.

Species affected: Hatchery fall chinook salmon.

Location: The mainstem Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse, through Red Buoy #4, to the orange marker atop the dolphin on the Washington shore.

Daily Bag Limit: 6 salmonids of which no more than 2 may be adult salmon or steelhead or 1 of each. Only 1 may be an adult chinook. Release all salmon other than hatchery chinook and hatchery coho. Salmon minimum length 12 inches.

Reason for action: Allows retention of hatchery chinook for a one-week period in the area downstream of the Lewis River in lieu of a complete closure to chinook retention after September 9.

Additional information: This 7-day mark-selective fishery for hatchery chinook will occur only if the Endangered Species Act (ESA) impacts set aside for this retention period remain available and are not used in prior fisheries.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

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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