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

December 17, 2020

Hanford Reach steelhead fishery to close

Action: Closes steelhead fishing.

Effective date: Jan. 1 through April 15, 2021.

Species affected: Steelhead.

Location: Interstate-182 Bridge (Richland) upstream to the Old Hanford townsite powerline crossing.

Reason for action: This year's return of Ringold Springs Hatchery steelhead is expected to be the lowest return on record over the past 20 years. Returning steelhead will be needed for broodstock to meet the production goal of 180,000 juvenile steelhead scheduled for release in 2022. Under this rule change, steelhead retention will close on January 1 and remain closed through the end of the scheduled fishery, April 15, 2021.

Information contact: Paul Hoffarth, District 4 fish biologist, 509-545-2284.

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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