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

June 25, 2010

Columbia River anglers can retain sockeye up to Priest Rapids Dam

Action: Anglers will be able to retain sockeye salmon in the Columbia River during the on-going mark selective fishery for summer chinook salmon.

Location: Columbia River from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Priest Rapids Dam.

Effective Dates: June 26 through July 31, 2010.

Species affected: Sockeye salmon.

Reason for action: Sockeye salmon returns to the Columbia River are now projected to be two times greater than predicted and the escapement needs for the Okanogan and Wenatchee rivers are likely to be achieved. These upper Columbia populations (Wenatchee and Okanogan) are not listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Impacts to the ESA-listed Snake River component are projected to be less than 1% of the run.

Other information: Minimum size 12 inches. Salmon and steelhead daily limit six fish, only two of which may be adults. All sockeye count as part of the adult daily limit. All other salmon other than hatchery chinook and sockeye must be released. Release all trout, including steelhead, from the Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco upstream.

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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