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

May 13, 2009

Ringold Area bank fishery for spring chinook salmon to close May 17

Action: Close the Ringold Area Bank Fishery for hatchery spring Chinook.

Effective date: Sunday, May 17 (one hour after official sunset)

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). Only the hatchery side of the river is open through Sunday, May 17 (one hour after official sunset) bank fishing only; Ringold Springs Creek (hatchery outlet) is closed.

Reason for action: The upriver spring chinook run is expected to return at about half of the preseason forecast. Because the wild portion of the run is protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), fisheries must be managed to remain within the guidelines of the ESA.

Other information: Through Sunday, May 17, (one hour after official sunset): daily limit: 2 hatchery salmon, 12-inch minimum size. Only chinook with a clipped adipose fin and having a healed scar at the location of the fin may be retained. Night closure in effect. All wild chinook (with an intact adipose fin) must be released immediately and may not be removed from the water.

Information contacts: 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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