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

August 20, 2013

Wild chinook release required at Buoy 10

Action: Chinook salmon must be adipose or ventral fin clipped to be retained.

Effective date: Aug. 23 through Sept. 1, 2013

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Location: From a true north and south line through Buoy 10 to a line from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank.

Reason for action: The Buoy 10 fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River is projected to reach the wild chinook mortality guideline prior to the planned date of September 1 without the implementation of a mark-selective fishery. The mark-selective fishery will allow the fishery to meet the preseason objective of having chinook retention through Sept.1.

Other information: Managers have set a meeting for Tuesday afternoon, August 27 to review the fishery and make any additional modifications if necessary. The salmonid daily limit is 2 fish of which no more than 1 may be a chinook. Release all salmonids other than hatchery chinook, hatchery coho, and hatchery steelhead. Only chinook with a clipped adipose fin and a healed scar at the location of the fin or a completely removed left ventral fin and a healed scar at the location of the fin may be retained. chinook minimum size is 24 inches; coho minimum size 16 inches.

Effective Sept. 2 through Sept. 30, 2013 only hatchery coho and hatchery steelhead may be retained. Release all chinook.

On the North Jetty, bank anglers follow the most liberal regulations for Marine Area 1 or Buoy 10.

Barbless hooks are required to fish for salmon and steelhead from the North Jetty and in the mainstem Columbia River.

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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