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

May 7, 2010

Columbia River spring chinook sport fishery closes above Bonneville Dam Monday, May 10

Action: Sunday May 9 will be the last day to fish for spring chinook and steelhead between Bonneville and McNary dams.

Species affected: Salmon and steelhead.

Effective date: May 10, 2010.

Location: From Tower Island power lines in Bonneville Pool upstream to McNary Dam, plus Washington bank between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines.

Reason for action: Large numbers of spring chinook caught combined with uncertainty surrounding the upriver runsize has prompted Washington and Oregon salmon managers to take action to close the fishery before the scheduled May 31 ending date. An estimated 3,400 chinook will have been caught in this area by May 9.

The hatchery summer chinook and hatchery steelhead season above Bonneville Dam is scheduled to start as scheduled on June 16.

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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