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

May 12, 2008

Columbia River steelhead, jack chinook sport fishery openers delayed

Action: The Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the I-5 Bridge will not open to steelhead and jack Chinook angling beginning May 16, 2008 as originally scheduled.

Effective date: May 16, 2008 through June 15, 2008.

Species affected: Steelhead and jack Chinook.

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

Reason for action: Modification to the mainstem steelhead sport fishery is necessary to provide additional protection to spring chinook destined for areas above Bonneville Dam.

Other information: The shad sport fishery will open as scheduled. Managers will continue to review stock status of the upriver spring chinook weekly and make changes as needed.

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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