Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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July 6, 2016

Sockeye fishery opens, salmon limits raised on Columbia River above Priest Rapids Dam

Actions: Opens sockeye salmon to retention and raises total salmon limit.

Species affected: Sockeye and chinook salmon.

Daily Limit: Daily limit of six (6) salmon, of which two (2) may be adult hatchery chinook and three (3) may be sockeye. Release coho and wild adult chinook.

(1) From Priest Rapids Dam to 400 feet below Rock Island Dam, July 7 through Aug. 31, 2016.

(2) From Rock Island Dam to 400 feet below Wells Dam, July 7 through Oct. 15, 2016.

(3) From Wells dam to Hwy 173 bridge in Brewster, July 16 through Aug. 31, 2016.

(4) From Hwy 173 bridge in Brewster to Chief Joseph Dam, July 7 through Oct.15, 2016.

Other information: Release all floy (spaghetti) tagged fish. Anglers must use barbless hooks when fishing for salmon and must have a current Washington fishing license, as well as a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement (CRSSE). Anglers may fish with two poles with the Two-Pole Endorsement, except for sturgeon above Rock Island Dam.

Reason for action: The sockeye run has exceeded the pre-season forecast of 102,000 fish returning to the river mouth (currently upgraded to 350,000). Barring extreme high water temperatures like 2015 that caused unprecedented pre-spawning mortality, sufficient escapement of fish to meet spawning needs in the Wenatchee and Okanogan Rivers should be realized.

Information contacts: Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624 (Ephrata), Travis Maitland, District 5 Fisheries Biologist, (509) 665-3337 (Wenatchee), Ryan Fortier, District 6 Fisheries Biologist, (509) 997-0316 (Twisp).

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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