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

September 20, 2013

Anglers may now retain any legal size fall Chinook in the Columbia River Wanapum Pool

Actions: Wanapum Dam to Rock Island Dam: Daily limit 6 chinook, up to two (2) may be adult chinook. Minimum size 12 inches. Anglers may now retain any legal size chinook regardless of whether the adipose fin has been clipped or not.

Effective date: Sept. 21, 2013 through Oct.15, 2013

Species affected: Fall chinook salmon

Location: Columbia River from Wanapum Dam to Rock Island Dam

Reason for action: Current estimates for the fall chinook run far exceed the forecast. There are currently close to 20,000 adult fall chinook returning to the Wanapum pool, which is four times the 10 year average.

Other information: Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license as well as a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement (CRSSE). Revenue from the CRSSE supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River steelhead fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River basin.

Information contacts: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337, Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624.

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.