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

August 28, 2015

Fishing rules set to change on Tucannon River

Action: Rule changes for steelhead fishery and other game fish.

Effective dates: Sept.1, 2015, until further notice

Species affected: Hatchery steelhead (with missing adipose fin) and all other gamefish.

1. Daily Limit is reduced to 2 hatchery steelhead per day.

2. Mandatory hatchery steelhead retention is required.

3. Barbless hooks are required while fishing for steelhead.

4. Release all wild steelhead.

5. The area from Marengo (at Turner Road Bridge) upstream is closed to fishing.

Reason for action: Natural-origin steelhead returns to the Tucannon River are not meeting management goals for conservation and therefore the fishery for hatchery steelhead must be modified to provide more protection of naturally produced steelhead in the Tucannon River. Emergency rules are intended to focus the fishery on removal of stray hatchery steelhead that primarily enter the Tucannon River in the late summer/fall and to prevent them from spawning, as well as provide a refuge area above Marengo to protect early returning wild steelhead, and close the fishery before March when most of the wild steelhead return to the Tucannon River.

Other information: Anglers must cease fishing for steelhead for the day once they have retained 2 hatchery steelhead or their 2-trout per day limit. Adipose fin-clipped fish must have a healed scar at the location of the missing fin. All steelhead with unclipped adipose fins must be immediately released unharmed. In addition, anglers cannot remove any steelhead from the water unless it is retained as part of the daily bag limit. Anglers should be sure to identify their catch because chinook and coho salmon, as well as bull trout are also present in the Tucannon River during this steelhead fishery.

Anglers are reminded to refer to the 2015/2016 sport fishing rules pamphlet for other regulations, including possession limits, safety closures.

Information contact: Jeremy Trump, District 3 Fish Biologist (509) 382-1005.

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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