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

February 10, 2003

Smelt possession limits increased

Actions: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has expanded the maximum daily possession limit of smelt caught in the Columbia River and tributaries to 20 pounds.

Effective Date: February 12 through March 31, 2003. Fishing hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, seven days per week.

Species affected: Columbia River smelt (eulachon)

Location: Columbia River and tributaries downstream from Bonneville Dam

Reason for action: Significant numbers and distribution of smelt have been observed in the mainstem and several tributaries of the Columbia River. Expansion of fisheries is now warranted under the Level 3 provisions of the Washington and Oregon Eulachon Management Plan.

Other information: A Washington State fishing license is not required to participate in this fishery. Only dip nets are