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

April 11, 2019

Columbia River spring fishery season extended below Bonneville Dam

Action: Extends the spring chinook fishery below Bonneville Dam downstream to Warrior Rock for two days.

Effective date: Saturday, April 13 and Sunday April 14, 2019

Species affected: Salmon, steelhead, shad.

Reason for action: Extends the 2019 spring salmon season in the Columbia River consistent with the Compact Action of April 10, 2019. This additional harvest opportunity still provides an expectation that conservation and fishery objectives will be met as sufficient catch balance and ESA impacts remain.

Location: Warrior Rock line upstream to Beacon Rock (boat and bank) plus bank angling only from Beacon Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline. Angling for and retention of steelhead, salmon, and shad is prohibited from the Warrior Rock line downstream to Buoy 10.

Additional information: Daily limit 6 salmonids, up to 2 may be adults of which no more than one may be a chinook; only adipose fin clipped hatchery fish may be retained. All other permanent regulations apply, including barbless hooks are required for salmon and steelhead. Salmon minimum size: 12 inches. Shad may also be retained, no daily limit.

Information contact: Region 5: 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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