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

March 30, 2017

Lower Columbia River spring chinook recreational fishery extended 4 days

Action: Fishing for spring chinook on the mainstem Columbia below Bonneville Dam will remain open through April 10.

Species affected: Chinook, steelhead, and shad

Effective dates: Immediately through April 10.

Location: Mainstem Columbia from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam

Other information: Closed to fishing for salmonids and shad from boats between Beacon Rock and Bonneville Dam (bank fishing only). The legal upstream boat boundary is defined as: "A deadline marker on the Oregon bank (approximately 4 miles downstream from Bonneville Dam Powerhouse One) in a straight line through the western tip of Pierce Island to a deadline marker on the Washington bank at Beacon Rock."

No angling is allowed within the Lewis River sanctuary. This area is defined as: "A line from marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island through USCG buoy Red #4 to the Oregon shore, downstream to a line from the lower (north) end of Sauvie Island across the Columbia River to the downstream range marker (0.7 miles downstream of the Lewis River) and continuing along the wing jetty to the Washington shore."

The hatchery salmonid daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults and no more than 1 may be a hatchery adult chinook. Only adipose fin-clipped fish may be retained.

Effective through May 15, the lower Columbia River is open for retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead from Buoy 10 upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge and shad from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam during days and areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped spring chinook.

Reason for action: The fishery was originally scheduled to closed beginning April 7. Due to extremely high turbid water, only 24 of the 6,905 upriver spring chinook had been taken through March 26. There are sufficient savings to cover the proposed extension even if catch rates improve.

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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