Intern at Chief Joseph Hatchery holds up a Chinook Salmon

WDFW calls for the release of salmon with floy tag hole punch in Upper Columbia

Starting immediately, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued a rule change asking that salmon with floy tags and/or one or more holes (1/4” in diameter) punched in the tail be released.

This change affects Sockeye and summer Chinook salmon in the Columbia River and tributaries from Priest Rapids Da upstream to Chief Joseph Dam.

The reason for the change is that these Salmon marked have been anesthetized during various studies and should not be kept or consumed.

More information can found by calling the fishing hotline at 360-902-2500 or checking the webpage at

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