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

March 3, 2021

Adult salmon daily limit reduced on the Klickitat River

Action: Reduces the adult salmon daily limit to one fish, on days and in locations open for salmon retention in the Klickitat River.

Location and Effective date and rules:

From the mouth (Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge) to Fisher Hill Bridge:

Effective April 1, 2021 through May 28, the salmon and hatchery steelhead daily limit is 2 fish, of which only 1 may be an adult salmon; release wild Chinook.

Effective May 29 until further notice: the salmon daily limit is 6; up to 1 adult salmon may be retained. Release wild Chinook.

From 400 feet upstream of #5 fishway to boundary markers below Klickitat Salmon Hatchery:

Effective May 29, 2021 until further notice: the salmon daily limit is 6; up to 1 adult salmon may be retained. Release wild Chinook.

Species affected: Salmon

Reason for action: An estimated 1,500 adult spring Chinook are forecast to return to the Klickitat River in 2021. Managers are reducing the adult salmon daily limit to ensure that hatchery Chinook broodstock goals are achieved. Reducing the adult salmon daily limit will provide continued opportunity for anglers to harvest spring Chinook and help ensure future hatchery returns.

Additional information: Anglers are reminded that between April 1 and May 28, the lower Klickitat River is opened for salmon and hatchery steelhead on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays only. All other rules published in the 2020-2021 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet remain in effect. WDFW will continue to monitor the spring Chinook return with Co-Managers to determine if additional fishery modification is needed.

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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