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

June 29, 2004

Sockeye retention begins June 30 on Columbia River Rocky Point/Tongue Point line to Highway 395 Bridge

Action: Allow the retention of sockeye during the salmon fishery.

Effective Date: June 30 through September 30, 2004

Species affected: Sockeye salmon

Location: Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the Highway 395 bridge at Pasco.

Reason for action: The expected return of 115,000 sockeye is strong enough to allow some recreational harvest opportunity and remain within Endangered Species Act guidelines.

Other information: See WDFW fishing regulation pamphlet, as the daily limit for salmon varies by area and time. Sockeye may now be retained as part of the adult portion of the daily limit. Minimum size 12 inches.

Information contact: WDFW Region 5 office, (360) 696-6211.

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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