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

November 2, 2021

Ringold Springs Access opens to bank fishing for fall salmon

Action: Opens salmon fishing for bank angling only from 1/4-mile downstream of the Ringold wasteway outlet to 1/2-mile upstream of Ringold Springs Hatchery Creek.

Effective date: Immediately, through Nov. 15.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Ringold Springs Hatchery access area (Columbia River CRC535). Area open is restricted to 1/4-mile downstream of the Ringold wasteway outlet to 1/2-mile upstream of Ringold Springs Hatchery Creek (CRC535).

Rule: Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and coho. Fishing allowed from the bank only.

Reason for action: Ringold Springs Hatchery began rearing and releasing coho in 2019 with the first release of 250,000 juvenile fish to the Columbia River at Ringold in 2020. Adult coho returns to the hatchery are expected to be sufficient to provide a limited fishery in this area of the Columbia River.

Additional information: The steelhead fishery in the Hanford Reach remains closed due to low returns.

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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