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

July 5, 2007

Anglers must release tagged salmon on upper Columbia and Okanogan rivers

Action: Release of all externally tagged salmon

Species affected: Summer chinook salmon

Location: Columbia River from Priest Rapids Dam up-river to Chief Joseph Dam, and the Okanogan River from the mouth upstream to the first Hwy 97 Bridge.

Effective dates: July 6 through Oct. 15, 2007

Reason for action: During routine biological sampling at Wells, and Dryden dams, a small number of chinook will be sampled for management and research purposes. The biological sampling is necessary to better estimate the stock structure and the number of wild fish returning to the upper Columbia River Basin.

Other information: Some chinook salmon will be fitted with a colored "anchor tag" approximately two inches in length located near the dorsal fin.

Information contact: Art Viola (509) 665-3337, Bob Jateff (509) 826-7341 or the WDFW Wenatchee office (509) 662-0452.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license. Check the current WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet or the Fishing section of the WDFW webpage at wdfw.wa.gov for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing regulations are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500; press 2 for recreational rules; call the Shellfish Rule Change hotline, (360) 796-3215, or toll free 1 (866) 880-5431.

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.