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

November 10, 2021

Ringold Springs Access to remain open for fall salmon; fishing from boats allowed

Action: Extends fall salmon fishery through Nov. 30 and permits both bank and boat fishing from the powerline crossing one-half mile downstream of the Ringold Springs access area upstream to the old Hanford townsite powerline crossing.

Regulation: Min. size 12". Daily limit six. Up to two adults may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and coho. Night closure.

Effective date: Nov. 16 through Nov. 30, 2021.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Open waters are from the Columbia River powerline crossing one-half mile downstream of the Ringold Springs access area upstream to the old Hanford townsite powerline crossing.

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 have increased and are sufficient to provide additional fishing opportunity for salmon fishing in this area of the Columbia River.

Additional information: The steelhead fishery in the Hanford Reach remains closed due to poor 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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