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

October 1, 2014

Upper Columbia River fall chinook salmon fishery season, area, and daily limit enhancements

Actions: Allow chinook salmon angling from Priest Rapids Dam to Chief Joseph Dam and increase the daily limit.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Effective date: Oct. 4 through Nov. 30, 2014.

Locations: Mainstem Columbia River from Priest Rapids Dam to 400' below Chief Joseph Dam.

General rules and daily limits:

Six chinook salmon (marked or unmarked), of which only three may be adult chinook.

Minimum size 12 inches.

Selective gear rules in effect, except bait allowed.

Night closure is in effect.

Reason for actions: Over 80,000 chinook primarily from the Hanford Reach fall chinook hatchery programs have returned above Priest Rapids Dam, including over 18,000 above Rock Island Dam. The intent of the fishery is removal of excess hatchery fall chinook from the Upper Columbia River Basin. The population is not listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Other information:

Anglers should be aware that fishing rules are subject to change and that rivers can close at any time due to impacts on natural origin steelhead. Access to Wanapum Dam Pool is closed at this time. See Grant County PUD website for updates. http: //www.grantpud.org/your-pud/media-room/wanapum-dam-spillway-response.

All anglers must possess a valid fishing license and a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement to participate in these fisheries. Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River steelhead fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River Basin.

Check the fishing hotline at 360-902-2500 or the webpage at https: //fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/rules_all_freshwater.j Information contacts: Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624, Ryan Fortier, District 6 Fish Biologist, (509) 997-0316, Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337.

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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