Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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May 28, 2003

Columbia River summer chinook fishery to open June 16

Action: The Columbia River will open for adult hatchery summer chinook.

Effective Date: June 16 through July 31, 2003

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Location: Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge in Pasco, Washington.

Reason for action: Sufficient numbers of summer chinook are available to be harvested under the management guidelines in place.

Other information: The daily limit will be six salmon, only two may be hatchery adults. All retained fish must have an adipose fin-clip. All wild chinook must be released. Sockeye, chum and wild coho must also be released. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches. The opening for summer chinook coincides with the standard opening for hatchery steelhead above the I-5 Bridge. Through June 15 only hatchery chinook jacks may be retained from the I-5 Bridge downstream to the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line concurrent with the hatchery steelhead fishery in that area.

Information contact: WDFW Region 5 office, (360) 696-6211.

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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