There are some changes looming on the near horizon for anglers who plan to fish in tributaries of the Columbia River.
Fall salmon regulation changes begin Monday, Aug. 1, and with the forecasted reduced coho run size, anglers will be limited to two hatchery adult coho – which was previously six fish – on all tributaries to the Lower Columbia River.
They include: Deep River; mainstem Grays River including West Fork; Elochoman River; Cowlitz River; Toutle River; North Fork Toutle River; Green River (Cowlitz County); Tilton River; Cispus River; Kalama River; Lewis River including North Fork; Washougal River; and Klickitat River.
In an effort to remove stray hatchery fish from the spawning grounds, for the first time ever hatchery chinook and hatchery coho will be allowed to be retained during hatchery steelhead seasons.
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They include: Delemeter Creek; Olequa Creek; Stillwater Creek; Lacamas Creek (Lewis County); Salmon Creek (Lewis County); Outlet Creek (Cowlitz County); South Fork Toutle River; Blue Creek (Lewis County) from mouth to posted sign above rearing pond outlet; Mill Creek (Lewis County) from mouth to hatchery road crossing culvert; East Fork Lewis River from mouth to 400 feet downstream of Horseshoe Falls; Salmon Creek (Clark County) from mouth to 182 Ave.; Little Washougal River; West (North) Fork Washougal River; Hamilton Creek; Lower Rock Creek (Skamania County) from mouth to falls; and White Salmon River from county road bridge upstream to 400 feet below Big Brother Falls.
In an effort to further reduce snagging, fish must be hooked inside the mouth when the anti-snagging rule is in effect on several additional lower Columbia River tributaries including: Grays River from mouth to Hwy. 4 Bridge and West Fork; Grays River from Hwy. 4 Bridge to South Fork; Elochoman River from mouth to West Fork; White Salmon River from the mouth upstream to the county road bridge below the former location of the powerhouse; Drano Lake; and mainstem Columbia from Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam.
This would make the anti-snagging rule with the hooked inside the mouth restriction consistent in the Washington tributaries from the Grays River upstream to the Klickitat River.