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

December 24, 2009

2010 Columbia River recreational smelt season to start Jan. 1

Species affected: Smelt

Effective dates: Jan. 1 through March 31, 2010.

Action: Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Location: Columbia River.

Daily Limit: 10-pound daily limit. Possession limit is equal to one daily limit.

Reason for action: The season is consistent with a Level 1 fishery, in accordance with the Washington and Oregon Eulachon Management Plan. This rule also is consistent with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hearing action of December 17, 2009.

Information contact: 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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