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

May 9, 2019

Columbia River spring fishery season to reopen above Bonneville Dam

Action: Reopens spring fishery on the mainstem Columbia River above Bonneville Dam.

Effective date: Saturday, May 11 through Sunday, May 12, 2019.

Species affected: Spring chinook, steelhead.

Reason for action: Reopens the 2019 spring salmon season in the Columbia River consistent with the Joint State Action of May 8, 2019. Catch balance remains available to provide additional fishing opportunity.

Location: Tower Island power lines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to the Oregon-Washington border plus the Oregon and Washington banks between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines (except for those waters closed under permanent regulations).

Additional information: Daily limit is 6 adipose-fin-clipped salmonids, including no more than 2 adults, of which no more than 1 may be an adult chinook. Release all wild chinook and wild steelhead. Minimum salmon size is 12 inches. Barbless hooks are required and anglers must have a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement.

Information contact: Region 5: 360-696-6211, Region 3: 509-575-2474.

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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