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

August 30, 2019

Anglers may retain one adipose-intact fall Chinook in a section of the Snake River

Action: Anglers may retain one fall Chinook with an intact adipose fin in the regulatory section B of the Snake River. Regulations in section A of the Snake River remain the same.

Effective date: Aug. 31, 2019 through Oct. 31, 2019

Species affected: Fall Chinook salmon


A) Snake River from the mouth (Burbank to Pasco railroad bridge at Snake River mile 1.25) to Lower Granite dam.

B) Clarkston: Snake River from the downstream edge of the large power lines crossing the Snake River (just upstream from West Evans Road on the south shore) upstream to the Oregon/Idaho state line.

Reason for action: The states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho have been working on a new joint federal permit that will allow the retention of adipose-intact fall Chinook salmon in the Snake River. On Aug. 30, NOAA Fisheries approved the permit, allowing WDFW to implement this rule.

Additional information:

A) Daily limit 6 adult hatchery (adipose fin-clipped) Chinook, no daily limit for jack Chinook; release all other salmon.

B) Daily limit 6 adult Chinook with up to one adipose fin intact adult, no daily limit for jack Chinook; release all other salmon.

The fishery is open seven days per week. Adipose fin-clipped fish must have a healed scar at the location of the missing fin. WDFW is requiring that all Washington licensed anglers cease fishing for the day once they have retained their daily limit of either steelhead or adult salmon as a method to reduce catch and release mortality on steelhead. In addition, anglers must use barbless hooks when fishing for chinook or steelhead in the Snake River. Anglers cannot remove any chinook or steelhead from the water unless it is retained as part of the daily bag limit. Anglers should be sure to identify their catch because returning unmarked Chinook salmon, coho salmon and steelhead are also in the Snake River during this fishery.

Anglers should continue to check emergency regulations for new and changing seasons. In addition, anglers are reminded to refer to the 2019/20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for other rules and regulations.

Information contact: Jeremy Trump, District 3 Fish Biologist (509) 382-1005

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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