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

October 5, 2020

Correction: Lower Columbia River salmon fishery update

Adjusts coho minimum size to 12 inches.

Action: Increase adult Chinook daily limit.

Species affected: Salmon.

Locations, dates, and rules:

(1) From the mouth (Buoy 10 line) to the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line: salmon and steelhead:

Oct. 1 - Oct. 31: Daily limit 6 salmon. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho. Release all steelhead. Salmon min. size 12 inches..

Nov. 1 - Dec. 31: Daily limit 6 salmon. Up to 2 adults may be retained, up to 1 may be a steelhead. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho. Release wild steelhead. Salmon min. size 12 inches.

(2) From the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line to Bonneville Dam:

Oct. 1 - Oct. 31: Daily limit 6 salmon. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho. Release all steelhead. Salmon min. size 12 inches..

Nov. 1 - Dec. 31: Daily limit 6 salmon. Up to 2 adults may be retained, up to 1 may be a steelhead. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho. Release wild steelhead. Salmon min. size 12 inches.

(3) From Bonneville Dam to the Hood River Bridge: salmon and steelhead:

Oct. 1 - Oct. 15: Daily limit 6 salmon. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho. Release all steelhead. Salmon min. size 12 inches. Anti-snagging rule in effect. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Oct. 16 - Oct. 31: Daily limit 6 salmon. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho. Release all steelhead. Salmon min. size 12 inches.

Nov. 1 - Dec. 31: Daily limit 6 salmon. Up to 2 adults may be retained, up to 1 may be a steelhead. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho. Release wild steelhead. Salmon min. size 12 inches.

(4) From the Hood River Bridge to The Dalles Dam: salmon and steelhead:

Oct. 1 - Oct. 15: Daily limit 6 salmon. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and coho. Release all steelhead. Salmon min. size 12 inches. Anti-snagging rule in effect. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Oct. 16 - Oct. 31: Daily limit 6 salmon. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and coho. Release all steelhead. Salmon min. size 12 inches.

Nov. 1 - Dec. 31: Daily limit 6 salmon. Up to 2 adults may be retained, up to 1 may be a steelhead. Release all salmon other than Chinook and coho. Release wild steelhead. Salmon min. size 12 inches.

(5) From The Dalles Dam to the Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco: salmon and steelhead:

Oct. 1 - Oct. 15: Daily limit 6 salmon. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and coho. Release all steelhead. Salmon min. size 12 inches. Anti-snagging rule in effect. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Oct. 16 - Dec. 31: Daily limit 6 salmon. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and coho. Release all steelhead. Salmon min. size 12 inches.

Reason for action: This action is being taken to increase the adult Chinook daily limit to 2 fish per day as sufficient impacts to ESA-listed Chinook remain available under the pre-season fishing plan.

Additional information: Anglers are reminded that barbless hooks are required for salmon and steelhead downstream of the Washington/Oregon border at Hwy. 730.

Please refer to permanent rules for dates not listed above.

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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