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

February 10, 2006

Columbia River spring chinook season extended downstream of I-5

Action: The mainstem Columbia River from the Buoy 10 line upstream to the I-5 Bridge continues to be open 7 days per week through April 19.

Effective dates: Immediately through April 19.

Species affected: Chinook, steelhead and shad

Location: The mainstem Columbia River from the Buoy 10 line upstream to the I-5 Bridge.

Daily Limits: Salmon - 6 fish of which only 2 may be adults. Only adipose fin-clipped (hatchery) salmon may be retained. Release all wild coho, chum and sockeye. Minimum size 12 inches. Trout - 2 fish. All wild steelhead and wild cutthroat must be released. Minimum size - 12 inches. Shad - No daily limit or minimum size limit for shad.

Other Information: It is unlawful to totally remove from the water any salmon or steelhead required to be released, except when fishing from vessels which are a minimum of 30 feet in length, substantiated by Coast Guard documentation or Marine Board registration. The fishery may close earlier than April 19 if ESA impacts are reached earlier than anticipated.

Reason for action: The upriver spring Chinook run size is predicted to be 88,400 providing for additional opportunity for spring Chinook fishing in the mainstem Columbia under the current Endangered Species Act (ESA) guideline. The extended season is expected to allow for harvest of hatchery Chinook while minimizing impacts to ESA listed species.

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.