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

September 11, 2003

Three hatchery steelhead allowed per day on some southeast Washington streams

Action: Raise daily limit to three hatchery origin steelhead.

Effective date: September 1, 2003, to normal season termination dates for hatchery steelhead waters in SE Washington listed below (check 2003-2004 WDFW sport fishing regulation pamphlet).

Species affected: Hatchery steelhead, which are identified by a missing adipose or ventral fin and a healed scar in the location of the missing fin.

Location: (1) Grande Ronde River (Asotin Co.) - from County Road Bridge, about 2 miles upstream from the mouth, to the Washington-Oregon boundary line. CLOSED WATERS - all tributaries will be closed to fishing effective Nov. 1.

(2) Mill Creek (Walla Walla Co.) - from mouth to Roosevelt Street Bridge within the Walla Walla city limits. CLOSED WATERS - from the concrete channel at the Ninth Avenue Bridge to the Roosevelt Street Bridge within the city limits of Walla Walla.

(3) Snake River- from the mouth upstream to the Washington-Oregon boundary line.

(4) Touchet River (Columbia/Walla Walla Co.) - from the mouth to the confluence of the north and south forks.

(5) Tucannon River (Columbia/Walla Walla Co.) - from the mouth to Cummings Bridge. CLOSED WATERS - all trib utaries.

(6) Walla Walla River (Walla Walla Co.) - from the mouth upstream to the Washington-Oregon state boundary line.

Reason for action: A strong hatchery steelhead run has been predicted for the Columbia and Snake river basins. More than 200,000 steelhead have already passed over Bonneville Dam, and only a relatively small number of the returning hatchery steelhead is needed for production purposes. The increased daily limit will give anglers the opportunity to harvest the excess hatchery fish.

Gear restrictions: See Fishing Rules pamphlet for applicable gear restrictions within southeast Washington waters open to steelhead fishing.

Other information: Wild steelhead release rule in effect. Oregon has enacted a permanent rule change to allow retention of three hatc