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

May 24, 2010

Endorsements not required on Free Fishing Weekend

Action: On Free Fishing Weekend, anglers may fish in open areas of the Columbia River and its tributaries without purchasing a Columbia River Endorsement. Anglers may also fish with two poles in lakes where this is allowed without purchasing a two pole endorsement.

Effective dates: June 12 and 13, 2010.

Species affected: All species

Location: Statewide

Reasons for action: Free Fishing Weekend is intended to allow anglers who do not have a license to have a chance to fish. Anglers may also park in Department access areas without a Vehicle Use Permit. Requiring anglers to purchase the Columbia River and Two Pole endorsements would not follow the spirit of Free Fishing Weekend.

Other Information: All other rules remain in effect as to open areas and seasons, gear restrictions, daily limits, as listed in the 2010/2011Fishing in Washington Rules Pamphlet.

Information Contact: Fish Program Customer Service (360) 902-2700.

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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