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Columbia salmon, steelhead fisheries reopen Jan. 1


November 14, 2018

Action: Returns Columbia River to permanent rule.

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019.

Species affected: Salmon and steelhead.

Location: Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Highway 395 at Pasco.

Reason for action: Fall fisheries in 2018 were closed in the Columbia River after the fall chinook fishery exceeded its allowable impacts under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This occurred as fall chinook counts at Bonneville Dam fell far short (31 percent) of the number anticipated pre-season.

Staff has reviewed the potential for reopen coho and steelhead fisheries in the Columbia River mainstem. However, these fisheries would continue to accrue fall chinook ESA impacts at a time when the non-treaty fisheries do not have additional fall chinook ESA impacts remaining.

Beginning Jan. 1 winter steelhead and spring chinook seasons begin, when fall chinook are no longer present.

Additional information: Salmon and steelhead angling will remain closed from Buoy 10 to Highway 395 at Pasco through Dec. 31. Most tributaries remain open for salmon and steelhead fishing, but anglers are reminded to check for emergency fishing rule changes before heading out.

Information contact: Region 3: (509) 575-2740; Region 5: (360) 696-6211.

Fish Black Friday for big rainbow trout

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is offering anglers opportunities for tight lines rather than long lines on the day after Thanksgiving.

The “holiday specials” include thousands of large trout averaging 15 to 16 inches in length and weighing up to three pounds.

The department is currently preparing to stock lakes in time for Black Friday, Nov. 23.

Some of the lakes scheduled to receive fish before Black Friday include:

• Rowland Lake in Klickitat County

• North Elton Pond in Yakima County

For up-to-date stocking information this fall, anglers should follow the department on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, accessible from, or see the department’s weekly catchable trout stocking report at

Anglers 15 years and older must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2019, to participate.


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