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

April 12, 2017

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: Chinook, steelhead, and shad

Effective dates: April 13 through April 17 and April 20 through April 23, 2017.

Area: The mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Beacon Rock (boat and bank) plus bank angling only from Beacon Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline.

Sanctuary: Closed to all angling inside the area defined by a line from a marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island through USGC buoy Red #4 to the Oregon shore, downstream to a line from the lower (north) end of Sauvie Island across to the downstream range marker (0.7 miles downstream of the Lewis River) and continuing along the wing jetty to the Washington Shore.

Restrictions: Closed to fishing for salmonids and shad 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.

Daily limit: 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. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches.

Reason for action: Harvestable numbers of hatchery salmon remain available based on management agreements and harvest estimates to date.

Other information: 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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