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

March 14, 2007

Steelhead fishing closes March 16 on the Upper Columbia mainstem

Actions: Close the Columbia River from Rocky Reach Dam to Chief Joseph Dam to fishing for steelhead.

Effective dates: Closes one hour after sunset on Friday, March 16, 2007

Species affected: Steelhead

Location: Columbia River from Rocky Reach Dam upstream to Chief Joseph Dam

Reason for action: The cumulative wild steelhead incidental hooking mortality allowed under WDFW?s NOAA ESA permit, which allows this fishery, is anticipated to be reached by this date.

Other information: Please check the WDFW ?Fishing in Washington? rules pamphlet for details on all permanent fishing seasons and regulations for the mainstem Columbia River.

Information contacts: Bob Jateff, District 6 Fish Biologist, (509) 826-7341, Joseph Miller, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624, Art Viola, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337.

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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