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

May 4, 2020

Columbia River salmon and steelhead anglers must use barbless hooks from the WA/OR border downstream.

Action: Barbless hooks are mandatory when fishing for salmon or steelhead.

Effective date: March 1, 2020 until further notice.

Location: From the mouth to Hwy. 730 at WA/OR border.

Species affected: Salmon and steelhead.

Reason for action: Recent director agreements between WDFW and ODFW align the two state's regulations on barbless hooks through 2020 season when fishing for salmon and steelhead.

Information contact: Region 5: 360-696-6211; Region 3: 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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