may now retain any hatchery steelhead
Action: Open the Columbia River to retention of any hatchery steelhead.
Species affected: Hatchery steelhead
Effective Date: Immediately
Location: Highway 395 upstream to old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers
- Daily limit of two (2) hatchery steelhead. Hatchery steelhead are identified by a missing adipose fin with a healed scar in its location. Minimum size is 20 inches.
- Wild steelhead (adipose fin intact) must be immediately released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.
Reason for action: Steelhead fisheries for hatchery steelhead (adipose clip only) have recently opened in the upper Columbia and tributaries, thus allowing early retention of adipose clip only steelhead in the lower Hanford Reach.
Information contact: Paul Hoffarth, District 4 Fish Biologist, (509) 545-2284 (Pasco), or John Easterbrooks, Regional Fish Program Manager, (509) 457-9330 (Yakima).
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.