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

June 28, 2018

Columbia River sockeye and summer chinook fisheries

Action: Open sockeye fishery and close summer chinook from Megler-Astoria Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Effective date: Effective July 1 through July 31, 2018.

Species affected: Sockeye and summer chinook.

Location: Megler-Astoria Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Additional information: Daily limit 6, up to 2 adult sockeye or hatchery steelhead or 1 of each may be retained. Release all salmon other than hatchery jack chinook, sockeye. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches.

Action: Open sockeye fishery from Bonneville Dam to HWY 395 Bridge at Pasco

Effective date: Effective July 1 through July 31, 2018

Species affected: Sockeye

Location: Bonneville Dam to HWY 395 Bridge at Pasco

Additional information: Daily limit 6, up to 2 adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or 1 of each may be retained. Release all salmon other than hatchery chinook, sockeye. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches.

Action: Open sockeye fishery from HWY 395 Bridge at Pasco to Priest Rapids Dam

Effective date: Effective July 1 until further notice.

Species affected: Sockeye

Location: HWY 395 Bridge at Pasco to Priest Rapids Dam

Additional information: Daily limit 6, no more than 2 adults, no more than 1 adult hatchery Chinook. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and sockeye. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches.

Action: Open sockeye fishery from Priest Rapids Dam to Wells Dam

Effective date: Effective July 1 until further notice.

Species affected: Sockeye

Location: Priest Rapids Dam to Wells Dam

Additional information: Daily limit 6, up to 4 adults may be retained. No more than 2 adult hatchery chinook and 2 sockeye may be retained. Release wild adult chinook and coho. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches.

Action: Open sockeye fishery from Wells Dam to HWY 173 at Brewster

Effective date: Effective July 16 until further notice.

Species affected: Sockeye

Location: Wells Dam to HWY 173 at Brewster

Additional information: Daily limit 6, up to 4 adults may be retained. No more than 2 adult hatchery chinook and 2 sockeye may be retained. Release wild adult chinook and coho. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches.

Action: Open sockeye fishery from HWY 173 at Brewster to Chief Joseph Dam

Effective date: Effective July 1 until further notice.

Species affected: Sockeye

Location: HWY 173 at Brewster to Chief Joseph Dam

Additional information: Daily limit 6, up to 4 adults may be retained. No more than 2 adult hatchery chinook and 2 sockeye may be retained. Release wild adult chinook and coho. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches.

Reason for action: This action provides recreational angling opportunity based a runsize upgrade of sockeye passage at Bonneville Dam. Summer chinook is tracking below the pre-season forecast, and as a result much of the allocation sharing will likely shift upstream to above Priest Rapids Dam, thus retention below Bonneville Dam is closed.

Information contact: Region 5: (360) 696-6211; Region 2: (509) 754-4624; Region 3: (509) 575-2740.

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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