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

December 12, 2005

Additional area opens for steelhead fishing in the Upper Columbia

Action: Increase open area for fishing to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam

Effective dates: Dec. 13, 2005, to March 31, 2006

Species affected: Adipose fin-clipped hatchery steelhead and other game fish

Location: Columbia River from the Highway 17 bridge at Bridgeport to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam

Reason for action: To provide additional fishing opportunity for anglers in an area that has historically been open for steelhead fishing

Other information: Statewide gear rules for all fish species and night closure in effect. Anglers are permitted to harvest only hatchery-origin steelhead with an adipose fin clipped and a healed scar in the location of the missing fin. Adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a disk tag may not be harvested. Two (2) fish daily limit, 20-inch minimum size. All steelhead with an intact adipose fin must be immediately released unharmed.

Information contact: Bob Jateff, District 6 fish biologist, (509) 826-7341; Joe Miller, Region 2 fish program manager, (509) 754-6066

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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