"Release of wild STEELHEAD and DOLLY VARDEN/BULL TROUT is required year-round, except where retention is specifically authorized in the Special Rules. In freshwater areas, (except in the Columbia River between the Buoy 10
line and the Rocky Point/ Tongue Point line), SALMON, STEELHEAD and DOLLY
VARDEN/BULL TROUT to be released may not be totally removed from the water," P. 28, 2006 regs
Special rules for Grande Ronde-
GRANDE RONDE RIVER (Asotin Co.)
from mouth to County Rd. Bridge
(about 2½ miles upstream)
ALL SPECIES - Sept. 1-May 31: selective gear rules.
TROUT Year-round Min. size 10”. Daily limit 2. Release all STEELHEAD.
Other Game Fish Year-round Statewide min. size/daily limit.
from County Rd. Bridge to Oregon
state line and all tributaries
All Game Fish June 1-Aug. 31 Statewide min. size/daily limit, except up to 3 hatchery STEELHEAD
may be retained. Selective gear rules.
All Game Fish Sept. 1-Oct. 31 Statewide min. size/daily limit, except up to 3 hatchery STEELHEAD
may be retained. Barbless hooks required.
WHITEFISH Nov. 1-Apr. 15 No min. size. Daily limit 15 WHITEFISH only. Barbless hooks
required. Tributaries CLOSED to fishing for WHITEFISH.
STEELHEAD Nov. 1-Apr. 15 Min. size 20”. Daily limit 3 hatchery STEELHEAD. Barbless hooks
required. Tributaries CLOSED to fishing for STEELHEAD.
p. 74, 2006 regs
#1 3-18-07 11:49pm
I think what tom is trying to say is, keep those guys in the water.
Totally understood. Tom is a biologist by trade (in training actually) and is just quoting the regs. Proper handling is important for these fish, and Tom's just trying to remind you. BTW, muddy water is still easier to breathe than air for a fish... But hey, you released it and kudos on a nice steel