Sockeye salmon limits raised in Hanford Reach area

Hanford Reach - Burbank, WA (Franklin County)

by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Action: Raises the sockeye daily limit.

Species affected: Sockeye salmon.

Salmon Rules: Minimum size is 12 inches. Daily limit is six including no more than four sockeye. Release all salmon other than sockeye and jack Chinook. Barbless hooks required.

Effective dates, locations, and additional rules:  

  • Columbia River from Columbia Point (1/3 mile downstream of I-182 Bridge at Richland) to Interstate-182 Bridge at Richland: Open immediately through July 15, 2023.

    Open only to bank fishing with hand-casted lines from shore on the west (Richland) side of the river when fishing for salmon. Closed to angling for salmon from a vessel and to salmon fishing from shore on the east (Pasco) side of the river.
  • Columbia River from Interstate-182 Bridge at Richland upstream to 650 feet below Priest Rapids Dam: Open immediately through Aug. 15, 2023.

Reason for action: The U.S. v Oregon Technical Advisory Committee updated the sockeye salmon run from 234,500 pre-season to approximately 331,000. At this updated run size there are additional sockeye available for harvest in the Columbia River upstream of the Snake River.  

Additional information: Chinook that are 24 inches or greater in length are classified as adult. Anglers can use two poles when fishing for salmon with the Two-Pole Endorsement. Night closure in effect for salmon.

Information contact: Paul Hoffarth, District 4 Fish Biologist, 509-545-2284 (Pasco) or Yakima regional office at 509-575-2740 (email [email protected]) for information on sport fishing downstream of Priest Rapids Dam.

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