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

June 30, 2009

Sockeye salmon retention opens in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River

Action: Anglers will be able to retain sockeye salmon in the Hanford Reach during the summer chinook fishery.

Effective Date: July 1 - Aug. 15, 2009

Location: Columbia River from the Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco to Priest Rapids Dam.

Species affected: Sockeye salmon

Reason for action: Sockeye salmon returns to the upper Columbia River are predicted to be in excess of needs for wild fish escapement to the spawning grounds. The population is not listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Other information: Minimum size 12 inches. Daily limit six salmon, only four of which may be adults, up to two of the adult salmon may be chinook. Release all steelhead.

Information contact: 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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