Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

September 13, 2016

Steelhead daily limit reduced to one fish upstream of McNary Dam

Action: The hatchery steelhead daily limit is reduced to one (1) hatchery steelhead consistent with all other downstream steelhead fisheries.

Effective dates: Sept. 15 - Dec. 31, 2016

Species affected: Hatchery steelhead

Locations:

1) Columbia River from McNary Dam upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge in Pasco.

2) Snake River from the confluence with the Columbia River upstream to the railroad bridge between Burbank and Pasco.

Reason for action: The total (hatchery and wild fish) forecast for the Upper Columbia River (UCR) steelhead passage at Priest Rapids Dam this year is much less than expected. UCR steelhead are listed as an ESA Threatened stock. Passage projections are well below broodstock and natural escapement targets.

Reducing the daily steelhead bag limit now, rather than in November as scheduled, will provide additional conservation measures intended to increase the number of natural spawners. Reduced bag limits in downstream mainstem Columbia River fisheries began August 1 downstream of Bonneville Dam and September 1 downstream of McNary Dam.

All other regulations published in the fishing pamphlet continue to apply to the fishery affected by this rule change.

Information contacts: John Easterbrooks, Region 3 Fish Program Manager, (509) 457-9330 (Yakima) or Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624 (Ephrata)

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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