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

October 29, 2019

Hatchery coho retention reopening in portions of the Columbia River mainstem

Action: Reopens hatchery coho retention from Tongue Point to the Dalles Dam.

Effective date: Oct. 18 through Oct. 31, 2019.

Species affected: Salmon and steelhead.

Location: Columbia River, from a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to red navigation marker 2 at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank to Bonneville Dam (Rocky Point/Tongue Point Line) to the Dalles Dam.

Salmon and steelhead rules by location:

From the Rocky Point/Tongue Point Line to the Hood River Bridge: Min. size 12?. Daily limit 6, up to 2 adults may be retained. Release all steelhead and salmon other than hatchery coho.

From the Hood River Bridge to the Dalles Dam: Min. size 12?. Daily limit 6, up to 2 adults may be retained. Release all steelhead and salmon other than coho.

Reason for action: Opportunity to target hatchery coho is available in the Columbia River mainstem. Impacts to listed steelhead and Chinook are expected to be minimal and within allowed impact limits.

Additional information: Hatchery coho and hatchery steelhead fisheries downstream of Bonneville are anticipated to follow permanent rules starting Nov. 1, as listed in the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. 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 Ridgefield office, 360-696-6211; Region 3 Yakima Office, 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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