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

February 22, 2008

Recreational smelt and sturgeon fishing to close on Tuesdays

Action: Closes Columbia River sturgeon and smelt recreational fisheries on Tuesdays from the Hayden Island west powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam. This action effectively closes this area to recreational fishing of all species.

Effective dates: Begins the week of March 24 and runs through April 30, 2008.

Species affected: Sturgeon and smelt.

Location and time: The area from the Hayden Island west powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam will be closed to all recreational fishing on Tuesdays (from one hour after official sunset on Mondays through one hour before official sunrise on Wednesdays).

Reason for action: Washington and Oregon have adopted these regulations in an effort to minimize commercial/recreational interactions due to the reduced fishing area and limited boat ramp access.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010

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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