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

June 11, 2019

Updates to Columbia River summer salmon fisheries

Action: Updates Columbia River salmon seasons listed in the 2018-19 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. Anglers must release all salmon.

Effective date: June 16.

Species affected: Salmon and steelhead.

Locations: Megler-Astoria Bridge upstream to Priest Rapids Dam.

Reason for action: Summer chinook and sockeye runs are projected to be significantly lower than in recent years. This emergency rule reflects co-manager agreements reached in April during the North of Falcon season-setting process.

Additional information:

Megler-Astoria Bridge upstream to Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco:

June 16 through June 30: daily limit 2 hatchery steelhead. Release all salmon.

July 1 through July 31: daily limit 1 hatchery steelhead. Salmon and steelhead night fishing closure. Release all salmon.

Hwy 395 Bridge at Pasco upstream to Priest Rapids Dam:

June 16 through August 15: Salmon and steelhead closed.

Information contact: Region 5, 360-696-6211; 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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