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

February 1, 2013

2013 Columbia River spring chinook sport fishery season set

Action: Sets fishing regulations for spring chinook on the mainstem Columbia River

Species affected: Spring chinook, steelhead and shad.

Effective date: March 1 - April 5, 2013 except closed March 26 and April 2

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

Restrictions: Closed to fishing for salmonids and shad 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.

Daily bag limit: Daily salmonid limit is 6 fish (hatchery chinook or hatchery steelhead), of which no more than 2 may be adults, and no more than 1 may be an adult chinook. Release all wild chinook and wild steelhead. Salmon minimum size: 12 inches.

Effective date: March 16 - May 5, 2013

Area: Tower Island power lines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to Oregon/Washington border plus the Oregon and Washington banks between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines.

Daily bag limit: Daily salmonid limit 6 fish (hatchery chinook or hatchery steelhead), of which no more than 2 can be adults or 1 of each. Release all wild chinook and wild steelhead. Salmon minimum size: 12 inches.

Additional rules:

Effective February 15 through June 15, 2013: 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.

Effective March 1 - June 15, 2013: On days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is open to retention of chinook, the salmonid daily bag limit in Deep River will be the same as mainstem Columbia River bag limits. On days when the mainstem Columbia River fishery is closed to chinook retention, the permanent salmonid bag limit regulations for Deep River apply.

Sand Island Slough closure remains in effect through April 30, 2013.

Barbless hook regulation remains in effect.

Reason for action: Harvestable numbers of salmon are available based on the forecasts and associated management agreements.

Other Information: To guard against overestimating this year's run the states will again manage the fisheries with a 30 percent buffer until the forecast can be updated in late April or early May. The buffer will also help to ensure fish are available for upriver 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