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

December 20, 2019

Daily limit for steelhead in the Walla Walla, Touchet, Tucannon and Grande Ronde rivers reduced to 1 hatchery fish

Action: Steelhead daily limit is 1 hatchery steelhead. Anglers must stop fishing for steelhead once their steelhead daily limit has been retained.

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2020 through April 15, 2020.

Species affected: Steelhead.

Locations:

1) Walla Walla River from the mouth to the Washington/Oregon state line.

2) Touchet River from the mouth to the confluence of the North and South Forks.

3) Tucannon River from the mouth to the Tucannon Hatchery Road Bridge.

4) Grande Ronde River from mouth to the Washington/Oregon state line.

Reason for action: The 2019 return for upper Columbia and Snake River summer steelhead has fallen well below the predicted 118,200. Reduced limits for these streams are intended to minimize impact on wild steelhead and ensure hatchery brood escapement needs are met.

Additional information: All steelhead with unclipped adipose fins must be immediately released unharmed. In addition, anglers must use barbless hooks when fishing for steelhead.

Anglers cannot remove any Chinook, coho or steelhead from the water if it is not to be retained as part of the daily bag limit.

Anglers are reminded to refer to the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for other regulations, including possession limits, safety closures, etc.

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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