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Published on June 04, 2024
New Summer Fishing Regulations Announced for Lower Columbia River Starting June 16Source: Unsplash/ James Wheeler

Anglers gearing up for the summer fishing season in the Lower Columbia River can cast their lines with a clear understanding of the new regulations starting June 16. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDF as it has laid out rules for salmon and steelhead fishing downstream of Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco.

The season's regulations were set following the 2024 North of Falcon season setting process, a collaborative approach with co-manager agreements. Anglers will be allowed to keep a daily limit of six fish, which can include up to two adults, but no more than one of those may be a steelhead. Specifically, from the Megler-Astoria Bridge to Bonneville Dam, between June 16 and 19, fishermen can retain hatchery Chinook and sockeye, while from June 20 to 31, the retention is limited to hatchery jack Chinook and sockeye. As per the regulations, all wild steelhead must be released back into the river.

Meanwhile, in the stretch from Bonneville Dam to the Dalles Dam, similar rules apply from June 16 to 30. However, starting July 1 through July 31, anglers can only keep hatchery jack Chinook and sockeye as part of their daily limit. Further upstream, between the Dalles Dam and a line near its boat ramp all the way to Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco, the regulations remain consistent with the aforementioned dates and specifications.

Noteworthy is that barbless hooks are required to be used for salmon and steelhead in the waters downstream of Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco, a regulation designed to minimize harm to fish. Additionally, any sockeye caught are to be counted toward the adult portion of the angler's daily limit. Anglers should also be aware that permanent regulations and year-round closure areas as listed in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet still apply. This measure serves to ensure the continued sustainability of the fish populations within the Columbia River.

The update on the summer season regulations provides clarity for those looking to enjoy recreational fishing while maintaining necessary conservation measures. As detailed by the WDFW on June 3rd, these actions reflect the coordinated efforts to balance both the needs of recreational fishing and the preservation of the river's ecological integrity.

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