Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

October 20, 2009

Adult coho daily limit increased on three portions of the mainstem Columbia River

Action: Liberalizes adult coho daily limit on three portions of the mainstem Columbia River.

Species affected: Coho

Effective date: Oct. 22 through Dec. 31, 2009

Locations:

Lower Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse through Red Buoy #4 to the orange marker atop the dolphin on the lower end of Bachelor Island - The daily limit is 6 fish. Up to 3 may be adults of which no more than two may be hatchery steelhead. Release all salmon other than hatchery coho. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches.

Lower Columbia River from a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse upstream to Bonneville Dam - The daily limit is 6 fish. Up to 3 may be adults of which no more than 2 may be hatchery steelhead. Only one adult Chinook may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches.

Bonneville Dam upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco - The daily limit is 6 fish. Up to 3 may be adults. No more than 2 may be hatchery steelhead or Chinook or one of each. Release all salmon other than Chinook and coho. Release wild coho from Bonneville Dam to the Hood River Bridge. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches.

Reason for action: Yesterday the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) reviewed the Columbia River early and late coho stock status and reported the overall run was tracking at or above of expectations of a total return of 700,000 adults. TAC observed that the early stock return appears to be tracking slightly less than the preseason forecast of 466,700 fish, while the late stock return appears to be currently tracking ahead of the preseason forecast of 236,600. At Bonneville Dam, 196,300 adult coho had been counted through October 18, compared to the preseason expectation of 160,100 fish. Surplus hatchery origin coho are available for harvest.

Other information: Under permanent rules, the salmon daily limit in Camas Slough follows the most liberal regulation of either the adjacent mainstem Columbia or the Washougal River. This year, Camas Slough salmon daily limit follows the Washougal River rules where up to 6 hatchery adult coho may be kept. Also under permanent rules, Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam will close to fishing for salmon beginning November 1.

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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