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

June 4, 2015

Grande Ronde River spring chinook fisheries to open

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

Locations: Grande Ronde River from mouth of Buford Creek (approximately 1/2 mile downstream of the Highway 129 Bridge at Boggan's Oasis) upstream to the Washington/Oregon state line.

Dates: June 13, 2015, until further notice.

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

Reason for action: Based on the pre-season run prediction for upper Grande Ronde River spring chinook populations, there are sufficient numbers of returning fish to support a sport fishery for 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 (ESA) permits, a fishery will be open June 13 on the lower Grande Ronde River in Washington. This will be a concurrent fishery with Oregon. In-season run updates, estimates of harvest, and ESA impacts will determine the duration of this fishery.

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 and steelhead with the adipose fin intact, and all bull trout 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. Bait use is allowed. Anglers cannot remove any chinook salmon or steelhead from the water unless it is retained as part of the daily bag limit.

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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