Hanford Reach salmon fishery update

June 30, 2022

Action: Increases daily sockeye limits.

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

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on definitions and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at 360-902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call 360-796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email (Title6@dfw.wa.gov).