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

December 22, 2010

Barbed hooks allowed on Columbia River

Barbed hooks allowed on Columbia River

Action: Allow the use of barbed hooks for recreational fishing.

Effective dates: Jan. 1, 2011 until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon and steelhead

Location: Columbia River, from the mouth to McNary Dam

Reasons for action: Washington's sport fishing rules in this area of the Columbia River are not similar to Oregon's. To avoid confusion for sport anglers, the implementation of the barbless rule will be delayed.

Information Contact: WDFW Region 5 Office, 360-696-6211, TeamVancouver@dfw.wa.gov

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.