Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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May 9, 2008

Ringold Area Bank fishery to close early

Action: Close the Ringold Area Bank Fishery for hatchery spring chinook

Effective date: May 12, 2008 until further notice

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Location: Waters of the Columbia River adjacent to Ringold Springs Rearing Facility (RSRF) in Franklin Co. from the WDFW markers mile downstream of the Ringold irrigation wasteway outlet to the markers mile upstream of Ringold Springs Creek (hatchery outlet).

Reason for action: The upriver run size has been downgraded to 180,000 fish, compared to the preseason forecast of 269,300. Incidental mortalities to upriver spring Chinook that are listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) from non-Indian fisheries are projected to be achieved at that run size. Although the Ringold sport fishery is mark-selective for adipose clipped Chinook released from Ringold and anglers handle very few of these ESA-listed fish, the closure is necessary to comply with the ESA limits.

Information contacts: Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River Policy Coordinator, (360) 906-6708 (Vancouer); Heather Bartlett, Fish Management Div. Manager, (360 902-2662 Olympia), Paul Hoffarth, District 4 Fish Biologist, (509) 545-2284 (Pasco) or John Easterbrooks, Regional Fish Program Manager, (509) 457-9330 (Yakima).

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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