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

September 3, 2020

Buoy 10 salmon fishery update

Action: Opens Chinook retention for two days and increases coho limit.

Species affected: Chinook and coho.

Location: Columbia River, from the Buoy 10 line upstream to the Rock Point/Tongue Point Line.

Rules and effective dates: (1) September 5-6, 2020: Daily limit two, up to one Chinook may be retained. Release steelhead and wild coho.

(2) September 7-22, 2020: Daily limit two, up to two hatchery coho may be retained. Release all other salmon and steelhead.

(3) September 23 through October 31, 2020: Daily limit two, no more than one may be a Chinook. Release all steelhead and wild coho.

(4) November 1 through December 31, 2020: Daily limit two, no more than one may be a Chinook or hatchery steelhead. Release all wild steelhead and wild coho.

Reason for action: This action is consistent with the decisions made by the states of Washington and Oregon during the September 3, 2020 Columbia River Compact. Additional upriver bright fall chinook and Lower River Hatchery tule fall chinook impacts remain to provide additional opportunity in the Buoy 10 fishery. This action is consistent with the pre-season fishing plan for pre-update fisheries.

Additional information: Retention of jack salmon is prohibited until October 1 and follows permanent regulations. Chum retention is prohibited.

Fishery managers will continue to monitor the returns to ensure that conservation goals are achieved.

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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