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

September 15, 2021

Upper Columbia River salmon fishery update

Action: Opens retention of coho.

Species affected: Salmon.

Effective dates, locations and rules:

1) Priest Rapids Dam to Rock Island Dam: Sept. 18 through Oct. 15, 2021. Daily limit six (6) salmon. Up to two (2) may be adult Chinook and up to four (4) may be coho. Minimum size 12 inches. Release sockeye.

2) Rock Island Dam to Wells Dam: Sept. 18 through Oct. 15, 2021. Daily limit six (6) salmon. Up to two (2) may be adult hatchery Chinook and up to four (4) may be coho. Minimum size 12 inches. Release wild adult Chinook and sockeye.

Reason for action: Returns of upper Columbia River-bound coho salmon are sufficient to meet conservation objectives and to provide for sport angler harvest.

Additional information: WDFW will be monitoring the fishery closely and may close the season early if necessary due to excessive incidental catch-and-release impacts to ESA-listed summer steelhead. For emergency rule updates, please visit fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

Information contact: Call the Ephrata regional office (509-754-4624) or email TeamEphrata@dfw.wa.gov.

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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