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

September 29, 2004

Chinook Retention Continues on Mainstem Columbia River below Bonneville Dam

Action: Retention of chinook will continue in the Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Effective date: Immediately through December 31.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Mainstem Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Reason for action: The fall chinook runsize is increasing with a stronger than expected late returning component of upriver brights. Incidental sport fishery impacts to ESA listed Snake River wild fall chinook are within limits set to protect this stock. The previously announced closure to retention of chinook in this area beginning Oct.1 is no longer necessary.

Other information: The daily salmon limit in this area continues to be six salmon but no more than two adults. Only one of the adults may be a chinook and all chum, sockeye and wild coho must be released.

Information contact: WDFW Region 5 office in Vancouver, (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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