Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

April 11, 2006

Lower Columbia River spring chinook fishery closes beginning April 14

Action: Closes the on-going Columbia River spring Chinook fishery downstream of the I-5 Bridge.

Effective date: Beginning 12:01 a.m., Friday, April 14, 2006

Species affected: Chinook, Steelhead, Shad

Location: From the I-5 Bridge downstream to the mouth of the Columbia River.

Reason for action: A conservative approach is necessary at this time to ensure that other spring Chinook fisheries can occur if the run size is less than predicted. The harvest rates in the sport fishery indicate a good return, but the Bonneville Dam counts are very poor at this time.

Other Information: The area from the I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam will remain closed. The area above Bonneville Dam will remain open through April 30, 2006.

Information contact: Region 5 Office at (360) 696-6211

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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