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

June 11, 2009

Sport fishery for Columbia River steelhead, jack chinook reinstated

Action: The Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the I-5 Bridge will open to hatchery steelhead and hatchery jack chinook fishing June 16 under rules for those waters outlined in the Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet. Sockeye retention will be allowed concurrent with steelhead retention.

Effective date: June 12 through June 15, 2009.

Species affected: Hatchery steelhead, hatchery jack chinook and sockeye.

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

Reason for action: The mainstem steelhead sport fishery can be reinstated in response to the current in-season run size estimate of spring chinook destined for areas above Bonneville Dam. Incidental handle of spring chinook is expected to be minimal.

The summer fishing season, which begins June 16, allows for the continued retention of hatchery steelhead as well as sockeye and also includes retention of non-adipose fin-clipped jacks. Refer to the 2009/2010 "Fishing in Washington" pamphlet for summer season fisheries and allowable catch.

Other information: The intention of the rule change is to reinstate the fishery as described in the 2009/2010 Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet.

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.