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

May 25, 2016

Columbia River spring chinook sport fishery reopens

Action: Re-opens the chinook and steelhead season on the mainstem Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam.

Species affected: Hatchery chinook and hatchery steelhead

Effective dates: Friday May 27 through Monday May 30, 2016 and Friday June 3 through Wednesday June 15, 2016.

Area: The mainstem Columbia River from Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Restrictions: Closed to fishing for salmonids from boats between Beacon Rock and Bonneville Dam. The Beacon Rock boundary is defined as a line projected from the deadline marker on the Oregon bank (approximately four miles downstream from Bonneville Dam Powerhouse 1) through the western tip of Pierce Island to a deadline marker on the Washington bank at Beacon Rock.

Reason for action: Harvestable numbers of hatchery salmon remain available based on the updated forecast of 180,000 fish, associated management agreements, and harvest estimates to date.

All other permanent rules apply.

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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