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

August 21, 2015

Anglers must release wild chinook at Buoy 10

Action: Daily limit to include only hatchery (adipose fin clipped) chinook

Effective date: Aug. 24 through Sept. 7, 2015.

Species affected: Chinook

Area: Mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line.

Daily limit: Chinook minimum size 24-inches. Coho minimum size 16-inches. Daily limit is two adipose fin-clipped salmon or steelhead or one of each. Only one chinook may be retained. Release all salmon other than adipose fin-clipped chinook and adipose fin-clipped coho. The only chinook that may be retained are those with a clipped adipose fin and a healed scar at the location of the fin.

Reason for action: Chinook catch rates have been higher than anticipated in the Buoy 10 fishery. Mark-selective regulations will help ensure the fishery meets the season objective of allowing chinook retention through Labor Day.

Other information: The Buoy 10 fishery will be closed for chinook retention as scheduled during Sept. 8 through Sept, 30, 2015.

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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