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

August 26, 2016

WDFW lifts mark-selective rule for 2 days in Buoy 10 fishery

Action: The Chinook mark-selective regulation in the Buoy 10 fishery on the lower Columbia River is lifted two days sooner than scheduled. Chinook retention on Sunday Sept. 4 and Monday Sept. 5 will include any fish, hatchery or wild.

Species affected: Chinook

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

Effective date: Aug. 30 through Sept. 5, 2016.

Salmon/steelhead daily limit: Chinook minimum size 24-inches. Coho minimum size 16-inches. Daily limit is 2 of which only 1 may be a Chinook. Only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained. Release all salmon other than chinook and adipose fin-clipped coho.

Reason for action: The Chinook catch has been lower than anticipated in the Buoy 10 fishery to date. Removing the mark-selective regulations for chinook September 4-5 will provide additional harvest opportunity.

Additional information: The Buoy 10 fishery is scheduled to close for chinook retention on September 6, but the area remains open for hatchery Coho. The fishery is scheduled to re-open for chinook retention October 1.

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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