Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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May 18, 2010

Ringold area spring chinook bank fishery closes

Action: Close the bank fishery for hatchery spring chinook

Effective date: May 21, 2010 at 9:30 p.m.

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Location: Waters of the Columbia River adjacent to Ringold Springs Rearing Facility (RSRF) in Franklin Co. from the WDFW markers mile downstream of the Ringold irrigation wasteway outlet to the markers mile upstream of Ringold Springs Creek (hatchery outlet).

Reason for action: The upriver spring chinook run size is now expected to be 340,000 compared to the preseason forecast of 470,000. Based on the current run size projection, the allowable catch of salmon has been achieved.

Other information: Fishing remains open through the end of legal hours on Friday, May 21 (until 9:30 p.m.). Daily limit: 2 hatchery salmon, 12-inch minimum size. Only chinook with a clipped adipose fin and having a healed scar at the location of the fin may be retained. Night closure in effect. All wild chinook (with an intact adipose fin) must be released immediately and may not be removed from the water. A new Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement is required to participate in this fishery.

Information contacts: 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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