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

September 4, 2019

Portion of Columbia River mainstem closing to recreational Chinook fishing

Action: Closes the sport fishery for Chinook salmon from Warrior Rock Line upstream to Bonneville Dam. Increases adult portion of the daily limit to 2 hatchery coho.

Effective date: Friday, Sept. 6 until further notice.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Columbia River mainstem, from upstream of the Warrior Rock Line (a line projected from the Warrior Rock lighthouse through Red Buoy 4 to the marker atop the piling dolphin located at the downstream end of Bachelor Island on the Washington shore) to Bonneville Dam.

Reason for action: This fishery was originally scheduled to close on Sunday, Sept. 8. However, the fishery has already exceeded its pre-season planned allocation of Upriver Bright impacts. This closure is necessary to meet conservation goals and pre-season fishing plans agreed upon by co-managers.

Additional information: Salmon and steelhead; min. size 12", daily limit 6. Up to 2 adult salmon may be retained. Release all salmon and steelhead other than hatchery coho.

Fishery managers will continue to monitor the run and evaluate for possible future openings. Anglers can follow emergency rule changes at https: //fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

Please see the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for additional rules or visit the WDFW website at https: //wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.

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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