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

May 30, 2007

Columbia River spring chinook fishery extended

Action: Extends Columbia River spring chinook fishery

Location: The mainstem Columbia River from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to the I-5 Bridge.

Daily Limit: The daily limit for salmon is 6 fish of which only 2 may be adults. Only adipose fin-clipped salmon may be retained. Release all chum and sockeye. The daily limit for trout is 2 fish. All wild steelhead and wild cutthroat must be released. No daily limit for shad. 12-inch minimum size limit for both salmon and trout.

Effective Date: June 1 through June 15, 2007.

Species affected: Chinook.

Additional Information: For the mainstem Columbia River salmon and steelhead fishery upstream of the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line effective during through June 15, 2007, it is unlawful when fishing from vessels which are less than 30 feet in length, substantiated by Coast Guard documentation or Marine Board registration, to totally remove from the water any salmon or steelhead required to be released.

Reason for action: The upriver spring Chinook run is tracking very close to the preseason forecast of 78,500 fish to the mouth of the Columbia River. There is 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.

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