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

August 31, 2020

Walla Walla River steelhead fishery change

Action: Changes the steelhead daily limit to 1 hatchery fish.

Effective date: Sept. 1, 2020, until further notice.

Species affected: Steelhead.

Location: Walla Walla River, from the mouth to the Washington/Oregon state line.

Reason for action: The 2020 Columbia River preseason forecasted return of upriver steelhead was 95,500. Current observations indicate that numbers of steelhead returning to the Walla Walla basin (including Touchet River) are lower than expected. With concerns for broodstock needs and impacts to wild fish, it is important to reduce daily limits to protect steelhead within the Walla Walla River.

Additional information: All steelhead with unclipped adipose fins must be immediately released unharmed. In addition, anglers must use barbless hooks when fishing for steelhead and must stop fishing for steelhead once the daily limit has been retained.

Anglers should be sure to identify their catch as Chinook and coho salmon may be present during this fishery and are not open to harvest. Chinook, coho and steelhead may not be removed from the water unless they are retained as part of the daily bag limit.

Refer to the 2020-21 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for other regulations, including possession limits, safety closures, etc., and please continue to check emergency rules if you are planning to fish for steelhead within the affected area.

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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