Anglers on a large portion of the Columbia River and many of its tributaries are no longer required to use barbless hooks when fishing for salmon and steelhead.

Due to Endangered Species Act permitting, WDFW is unable to fully lift restrictions on barbed hooks in some areas at this time, including tributaries upstream of McNary Dam, such as the Snake River.

But barbless hook requirements on salmon and steelhead fishing are being lifted across a broad swath of Washington waters, including the Columbia River from Buoy 10 to Chief Joseph Dam, and Columbia River tributaries from Buoy 10 to McNary Dam.  

More information about requirements for specific rivers and creeks is available on the WDFW website. 

Anglers fishing for sturgeon are still required to use barbless hooks.

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