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

October 29, 2020

Lower Columbia River salmon fishery update

Action: Allows retention of hatchery steelhead from The Dalles Dam to the Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco; maintains previous increase in Chinook daily limits.

Species affected: Salmon and steelhead.

Locations, dates, and rules:

From the mouth (Buoy 10 line) to the Hood River Bridge: salmon and steelhead:

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

From the Hood River Bridge to Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco: salmon and steelhead:

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

Reason for action: This action is being taken to allow retention of hatchery steelhead upstream of the Dalles Dam. Endangered Species Act impacts to A and B index steelhead are projected to be less than 0.1 percent, which is below the remaining available balance.

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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