McNary Dam Pool and Hanford Reach summer salmon fishery changes
Action: Opens McNary Dam Pool and Hanford Reach recreational salmon fisheries.
Effective date: June 16 through June 30, 2017.
Species affected: Chinook, sockeye and steelhead.
Area 1: Columbia River from McNary Dam to the Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco (CRC 533).
Daily Limit: six (6), up to two may be adult salmon or one adult salmon and one hatchery steelhead. Release all salmon other than hatchery chinook and sockeye.
Area 2: Columbia River from Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco to the Interstate 182 Bridge at Richland near Columbia Point (CRC 534).
Daily Limit: four (4) salmon, of which no more than one (1) may be an adult hatchery chinook and no more than two (2) may be sockeye. Release wild adult chinook.
Area 3: Columbia River from the Interstate 182 Bridge to Priest Rapids Dam (CRC 535, 536).
Daily Limit: six (6) salmon, of which no more than two (2) may be adult hatchery chinook and no more than three (3) may be sockeye. Release wild adult chinook.
Other information: Anglers must use barbless hooks when fishing for salmon and must have a current Washington fishing license, as well as a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement (CRSSE).
Reason for action: These changes were proposed and discussed during the North of Falcon salmon season rule-setting public process and will be adopted by permanent rule later this summer and be published in the 2017-18 sport fishing rules pamphlet.
This concludes our 2017 Columbia River Fishing Report
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