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

May 19, 2005

Colulmbia River steelhead and shad sport fishery re-opens May 22

Action 1 - Steelhead: The Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the I-5 Bridge will reopen to steelhead angling beginning Sunday, May 22.

Action 2 Shad: The Columbia River from the mouth to Bonneville Dam will reopen to shad angling beginning Sunday, May 22.

Effective date: May 22, 2005 until further notice.

Species affected: Steelhead and shad.

Location: Columbia River from the mouth to Bonneville Dam.

Reason for action: Incidental impacts to spring chinook destined for areas above Bonneville Dam are expected to be minimal and within allowable ESA impact levels.

Other information: Anglers are reminded that all spring chinook encountered in the area from the I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam must be immediately released unharmed. However, under permanent regulations hatchery chinook jacks may be retained in the area from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the I-5 Bridge.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

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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