June 30, 2022
Species affected: Salmon
Locations, effective dates, and rules: Columbia River:
(1) From Columbia Point (1/3 mile downstream of I-182 Bridge at Richland) upstream to I-182 Bridge at Richland:
July 1 through July 15: Salmon: Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 3 adults may be retained, including no more than 2 hatchery Chinook. Release wild adult Chinook.
This area is closed to angling from a floating device or by any method except hand-cast lines from the west shore (Richland side of the river).
(2) From I-182 Bridge at Richland upstream to boundary markers 650' below the fish ladder Priest Rapids Dam:
July 1 through Aug. 15: Salmon: Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 3 adults may be retained, including no more than 2 hatchery Chinook. Release wild adult Chinook.
Reason for action: The U.S. v Oregon Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) updated the sockeye salmon run from 198,000 pre-season to approximately 426,000. At this updated run size there are additional Sockeye available for the mainstem Columbia River. The TAC is comprised of representatives from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, NOAA, and the Treaty Tribes and are responsible for developing pre-season and in-season run forecast that salmon season are based on.
Additional information: The summer Chinook and sockeye runs will be closely monitored and updated by TAC weekly. Season could change or close quickly if necessary.
Two-pole fishing is allowed with valid a two-pole endorsement in the mainstem
Columbia River for the seasons described above. Also, the use of barbed hooks is permitted and a Night Closure is in effect for salmon fishing.
To be informed of fishery rule changes as they are announced, anglers are encouraged to sign up for WDFW rule update emails at https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/lists.
Information contact: Region 3 Office (Yakima) : (509) 575-2740 or email TeamYakima@dfw.wa.gov