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

March 2, 2016

Remove limits for bass, channel catfish and walleye in Columbia River tributaries contiguous with Oregon

Action: Removes the daily and size limits on Walleye, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass

Effective dates: March 3 through June 30, 2016.

Species affected: Walleye, channel catfish, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass.

Locations: The Columbia River, from the Oregon/Washington border downstream, and Washington tributaries. The Washington tributaries are:

Abernathy Creek (Cowlitz Co.) mouth to 500 feet downstream from Abernathy Technology Center

Camas Slough, Chinook River (Pacific Co.)

Coal Creek (Cowlitz Co.) mouth to 400 feet below falls

Cowlitz River mouth to Mayfield Dam

Deep River (Wahkiakum Co.) mouth to town bridge

Drano Lake

Elochoman River (Wahkiakum Co.) mouth to Elochoman Hatchery Bridge

Falls Creek (Cowlitz Co.)

Germany Creek (Cowlitz Co.) all tributaries including John and Loper Creeks

Grays River (Wahkiakum Co.) mouth to Hwy. 4 Bridge

Hamilton Creek (Skamania Co.)

Kalama River mouth to Kalama Falls Hatchery

Klickitat River mouth to Fisher Hill Bridge

Lewis River mouth to Merwin Dam

Mill Creek (Cowlitz Co.)

Rock Creek (Klickitat Co.)

Rock Creek (Skamania Co.) mouth to falls

Salmon Creek (Clark Co.) mouth to 182nd Avenue Bridge

Skamokawa Creek (Wahkiakum Co.)

Washougal River mouth to bridge at Salmon Falls

White Salmon River mouth to former location of the powerhouse

Wind River (Skamania Co.) mouth to Shipherd Falls

Reason for action: This emergency rule will align fishing regulations with Oregon in shared water of the Columbia River. The Oregon rules became effective January 1, 2016 and the permanent rule change in Washington will take effect on July 1, 2016.

Information contact: Larry Phillips, Inland Fish Program Manager; (360) 902-2721.

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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