Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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July 15, 2013

Lower Columbia River sockeye fishery reopens

Action: Allows sockeye retention in the ongoing recreational fishery downstream of Bonneville Dam.

Effective dates: 12:01 a.m., July 13, 2013 through July 31, 2013.

Species affected: Sockeye salmon

Daily bag limit: Daily salmonid limit is 6 fish (hatchery chinook jacks or sockeye or hatchery steelhead), of which no more than 2 may be sockeye or hatchery steelhead, or one of each.

Location: Columbia River from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Reason for action: The Columbia River Technical Advisory Committee upgraded the sockeye run size which provided for a larger allocation to the non-treaty fishery below the Snake River. This season modification was adopted July 10, 2013 at the joint Washington-Oregon public hearing.

Other information: The Columbia River downstream from Bonneville Dam remains closed to the retention of adult chinook. Barbless hooks required.

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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