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

August 3, 2018

Columbia River anglers must release all salmon from Highway 395 to Interstate 182

Action: Closes the Columbia River from the Highway 395 Bridge upstream to the Interstate 182 Bridge to fishing for salmon (Yakima River confluence area).

Effective date: Aug. 6 through Aug.15, 2018

Species affected: Sockeye and summer chinook salmon.

Location: Highway 395 Bridge (Kennewick/Pasco) upstream to the Interstate 182 Bridge (Richland/Pasco)

Reason for action: Elevated water temperatures in the Yakima River has resulted in a barrier to fish passage. Sockeye returning to the Yakima River Basin are vulnerable to over harvest while staging in the Columbia River at the Yakima River confluence.

Additional information: Effective Aug.16 all areas of the Columbia River between Hwy 395 and Priest Rapids Dam will be closed to the harvest of sockeye.

The following sportfishing seasons are in effect for salmon and steelhead on the mainstem Columbia River, other than seasons listed in the Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet:

Interstate 182 Bridge to Priest Rapids Dam: Salmon, through Aug. 15: Daily limit 6, up to 2 adult salmon may be retained. Release all salmon other than hatchery jack chinook and sockeye.

Priest Rapids Dam to Rock Island Dam: Salmon, through Aug. 31: Daily limit 6, no more than 3 sockeye may be retained. Release all adult chinook and coho.

Rock Island Dam to Rocky Reach Dam: Salmon, through Oct. 15: Daily limit 6, no more than 3 sockeye may be retained. Release all adult chinook and coho.

Rocky Reach Dam to Wells Dam: Salmon, through Oct. 15: Daily limit 6, no more than 2 hatchery adult chinook and 3 sockeye may be retained. Release wild adult chinook and coho.

Wells Dam to Hwy. 173 Bridge at Brewster: Salmon, through Aug. 31: Daily limit 6 salmon. No more than 2 hatchery adult chinook and 3 sockeye may be retained. Release wild adult chinook and coho.

Hwy. 173 Bridge at Brewster to Chief Joseph Dam: Salmon, through Oct. 15: Daily limit 6 salmon. No more than 2 hatchery adult chinook and 3 sockeye may be retained. Release wild adult chinook and coho.

The following sportfishing seasons are in effect for salmon in select Columbia River tributaries between Priest Rapids Dam and Chief Joseph Dam, other than seasons listed in the Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet:

Wenatchee River (mouth to Icicle Road Bridge): Salmon, through Sept. 30: Daily limit 6, no more than 2 hatchery adult chinook may be retained. Release wild adult chinook, sockeye, and coho.

Chelan River (from Railroad Bridge upstream to Chelan P.U.D. safety barrier below the powerhouse): Salmon, through Oct. 31: Daily limit 6, no more than 2 hatchery adult chinook may be retained. Release wild adult chinook, sockeye, and coho.

Okanogan River (from mouth upstream to Hwy. 97 Bridge immediately upstream of mouth): Salmon, through Oct. 15: Daily limit 6, no more than 2 hatchery adult chinook may be retained. Release wild adult chinook, sockeye, and coho.

Okanogan River (from Hwy. 97 Bridge immediately upstream of mouth to the second Hwy. 97 Bridge in Oroville): Salmon, through Sept. 15: Daily limit 6 , no more than 2 hatchery adult chinook may be retained. Release wild adult chinook, sockeye, and coho.

Similkameen River (from mouth upstream to 400 feet below Enloe Dam): Salmon, through Sept. 15: Daily limit 6, no more than 2 hatchery adult chinook may be retained. Release wild adult chinook, sockeye, and coho. Salmon minimum size 12 inches.

Information contact: Paul Hoffarth, District 4 Fish Biologist, (509) 545-2284.

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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