The Washington department of fish and wildlife shall administer a bounty voucher program for Northern squawfish (Ptychocheilus oregonensis
) taken by legal fishing methods, in waters open to fishing, from the mouth of the Columbia River to the boundary markers 650 feet below the fish ladders at Priest Rapids Dam; from the mouth of the Snake River to the boat restricted zone below Hells Canyon Dam, and from the backwaters and sloughs as well as up to 400 feet into the tributaries of the reaches listed above on the Columbia and Snake rivers. In addition, the following requirements shall be met to qualify for a voucher:
(a) Each angler must register in person, prior to fishing, at one of the registration stations each fishing day. A fishing day is a 24-hour period from 9:01 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. of the following day;
(b) Each angler, in person must exchange their eligible Northern squawfish for a voucher during the posted hours, and at the same registration station where the angler registered during the same fishing day;
(c) Each Northern squawfish must be eleven inches or longer in total length and presented in fresh condition or alive;
(d) Anglers shall provide information regarding their catch as requested by department personnel at the registration site and mail in survey forms; and
(e) Anglers shall obtain a valid Washington state fishing license and must use a single rod, reel, and line with up to three hooks with no more than three points each.
[Statutory Authority: 1998 c 191 and RCW 75.08.080. 99-03-029 (Order 99-02), § 232-12-166, filed 1/13/99, effective 2/13/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040. 94-09-019 (Order 632), § 232-12-166, filed 4/14/94, effective 5/1/94; 93-10-013, § 232-12-166, filed 4/23/93, effective 4/30/93.]