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2016 Columbia River Fishing Report:
WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE
Columbia River sport fishery for fall chinook remains open
Action: Allows retention of hatchery chinook on the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Warrior Rock.
Species affected: Hatchery chinook, which can be identified by a clipped adipose fin or a left ventral fin.
Effective dates: Friday, Sept. 23, through Thursday, Sept. 30, 2016.
- Buoy 10: Chinook minimum size is 24 inches. Coho minimum size is 16 inches. The daily limit is two fish, of which only one may be a chinook. Only one hatchery steelhead may be retained per day. Release all salmon other than hatchery chinook (marked with a clipped adipose or left-ventral fin) and coho with a clipped adipose fin.
- Tongue Point/Rocky Point to Warrior Rock: Minimum size is 12-inches. The daily limit is six fish, but only two may be adults and only one of those adult fish may be a hatchery chinook. Only one hatchery steelhead may be retained per day. Release all salmon other than hatchery chinook (marked with a clipped adipose or left-ventral fin) and coho with a clipped adipose fin.
Reason for action: Harvestable numbers of hatchery salmon remain available based on current chinook forecasts and harvest estimates to date.
Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For the latest information press *1010.
This concludes our 2016 Columbia River Fishing Report
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