Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

June 25, 2014

Grande Ronde River chinook fishery to open for four days

Action / Species affected: Spring chinook salmon fishing opens on the Grande Ronde River.

Dates: Friday June 27 through Monday June 30, 2014.

Location: Grande Ronde River from the Highway 129 Bridge upstream approximately 12 miles to the furthest upstream Oregon - Washington boundary line.

Daily Limits: 7 hatchery chinook (adipose fin clipped), of which no more than two may be an adult hatchery Chinook salmon. Anglers must cease fishing when the hatchery adult limit has been retained for the day.

Reason for action: Based on in-season projections for a relatively good return of upper Grande Ronde River chinook populations, which guide both sport and tribal fishery management, there are sufficient numbers of returning fish to sustain allowable impacts on natural origin fish, while providing harvest opportunity upon hatchery origin fish. Consistent with the joint Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Grande Ronde Fish Management and Evaluation Plan and federal Endangered Species Act permits, a four day fishery will be opened in the Washington portion of the lower Grande Ronde River, concurrently with an Oregon fishery opening.

Other Information: The minimum size of any retained chinook salmon is 12 inches. Jacks are less than 24 inches long. The adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon that can be retained must have a healed scar at the location of the missing fin. All chinook salmon with the adipose fin intact, and all bull trout and steelhead, must be immediately released unharmed.

In addition: Anglers fishing for all species, in the area and dates open for chinook salmon, must use barbless hooks.

A night closure is in effect for salmon. It shall be unlawful to use any hook larger than 5/8 inch (point of hook to shank) when fishing for all species. Anglers cannot remove any chinook salmon from the water unless it is retained as part of the daily bag limit. A Columbia River Salmon / Steelhead Endorsement is required.

Anglers are reminded to refer to the 2014/2015 Fishing in Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for other regulations, including safety closures, CLOSED WATERS, etc.

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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