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What are the regulations in Washington regarding fishing at night for salmon? I have a Washington license, but could find no reference to it in the regulations booklet. Could someone fill me in? Any information would be appreciated.
NS :whazzup:

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You can check the rivers you're intersted in by clicking the link and then clicking on the Sportfishing Regulations Pamphlet link.

Should be listed under :Special Rules Westside Rivers
Oh yeah......the link: http://www.wa.gov/wdfw/fishcorn.htm

[ 10-23-2003, 02:47 PM: Message edited by: DanS ]

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I had the same question too. This nice person at WDFW replied with the following email:

Thank you for your e-mail correspondence to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Fish Program. We apologize our Enforcement Division did not answer your inquiry in their response. They have forwarded your reply to us at the Fish Program and we are happy to answer your questions. In the future, you can e-mail us directly at [email protected] , or contact us by phone at the number listed at the bottom of our response.

You mentioned "below Bonneville Dam", and at this time there is not a night closure in effect. Unless otherwise stated, fishing in freshwater allows for 24 hour fishing. (There is however a night closure started in Aug. from Bonneville Dam to the Dalles Dam (upstream Bonneville).

For emergency rule changes, please contact our Fishing Hotline at (360) 902-2500.

We hope you have a good fishing season.

If you have further questions, please email again or call (360) 902-2700. Our Customer Service hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Fish Program

>>> "James Wu" <[email protected]> 07/24/03 11:10AM >>>
I have read the Regs book twice but i have not seen anything. I just
didnt want to get a ticket for missing the fine print. I dont know why
your department cant help me. You are the ones doing the ticketing so i
fugured i could not go wrong here.

>>> "Enforcement Office" <[email protected]> 07/24/03 11:01AM
Your best option to determine the legality of fishing in the area you
mentioned is to go to your local sporting goods store and get a copy of
the 2003-2004 Fishing Pamphlet. You will need to check the Fishing
Hotline shown on page 5 for any rule changes.

Enforcement Program

>>> "James Wu" <[email protected]> 07/24/03 10:33AM >>>
Hello, I am a holder of a Washington fishing license for 2003. I
to make sure before I go out and get myself into trouble. I want to
know for sure if one can fish on the Washington side at night for
steelhead and salmon below Bonneville Dam and keep the fish. I have
heard different stories and I just wanted written confirmation. I
also appreciate if i can get a contact name in case I have trouble on this
issue. Thank you for your help in this sensitive matter.

- James Wu

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That response is for The Columbia!!!
Make sure you do check the regs for the river you intend to fish!
I know of a few rivers that do have night closures on them. The first that comes to mind is the NFL. It does have a night season which opens Nov 1. thru sometime early spring.
CHECK YOUR REGS...you are responsible to know what they are while fishing any body of water.
tight lines.
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