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Fishing Rules

except daily limit 1 hatchery STEELHEAD.
Jan 01 thru Mar 31
Min. size 43" fork length. Max. size 54" fork length. Daily limit 1.
Feb 01 thru Jul 31
Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adult hatchery CHINOOK may be retained. Release wild adult CHINOOK. June 16-30 Release all sockeye.
Jun 16 thru Aug 15
Aug 01 thru Jan 31
Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 may be adults. Once the adult SALMON or hatchery STEELHEAD limit is retained, anglers may not fish for either SALMON or STEELHEAD for the remainder of the day.
Aug 16 thru Oct 22
Catch-and-release except daily limit 1 hatchery STEELHEAD with both adipose fin clipped and ventral fin clipped may be retained.
Oct 01 thru Dec 31
Once the hatchery STEELHEAD or adult SALMON limit is retained, anglers may not fish for either STEELHEAD or SALMON for the remainder of the day.
Oct 01 thru Oct 22
Other Game Fish
Statewide min. size/daily limit except no min. size/daily limit for BASS, CHANNEL CATFISH, and WALLEYE.


Additional Information


from the I-182 Bridge to the Old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers (535)

Col. R. Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement (p. 14)
Barbless hooks required for Salmon/Steelhead (p. 14)

* June 16-July 31: night closure from upstream of the Megler-Astoria Bridge
* (except STURGEON) - anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement.
* Oct. 1-Dec. 31: night closure except for anglers enrolled in the Pikeminnow Reward Program and targeting pikeminnow.
CLOSED WATERS - Sept. 1-Nov. 30: West Branch Esquatzel Coulee Block 1 Irrigation Wasteway Lagoon located in Section 12, T10N, R28E.

Columbia River sockeye and summer chinook fisheries

Action: Open sockeye fishery from HWY 395 Bridge at Pasco to Priest Rapids Dam
Effective date: Effective July 1 until further notice.
Species affected: Sockeye
Location: HWY 395 Bridge at Pasco to Priest Rapids Dam
Additional information: Daily limit 6, no more than 2 adults, no more than 1 adult hatchery Chinook. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and sockeye. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches.
Reason for action: This action provides recreational angling opportunity based a runsize upgrade of sockeye passage at Bonneville Dam. Summer chinook is tracking below the pre-season forecast, and as a result much of the allocation sharing will likely shift upstream to above Priest Rapids Dam, thus retention below Bonneville Dam is closed.

Boat Launch:
Two Poles Allowed:
Kids Only:
County: Columbia State: WA Country: United States

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