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Olympia, WA 98501-1091

 
General Information
List of endorsement fee waters
Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Recreational Angler Board
Senate Bill 5421
Establishing the upper Columbia river recreational salmon and steelhead pilot stamp program.
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Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement?
The annual endorsement, authorized by SB 5421 during the 2009 Legislative session, is a licensing requirement for anglers who fish for salmon and steelhead recreationally in the Columbia River and its tributaries. Anglers must purchase the endorsement in addition to a fishing license to fish in those waters.

Why is the endorsement required?
The annual endorsement was created by the Legislature in 2009 to help maintain and improve recreational salmon and steelhead selective fisheries in the Columbia River and its tributaries. Specifically, the fee supports fishery management activities, including scientific monitoring and evaluation, data collection, permitting, reporting, and enforcement. The annual endorsement was one of several license fee changes approved by the Legislature in 2009 that helped offset a portion of a $30 million cutback in the 2009-2011 state budget for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

When did this new requirement take effect?
The annual endorsement has been required since April 1, 2010.

How much does the endorsement cost?
The total charge of the endorsement, after transaction and dealer fees, is $8.75.

Who needs to purchase an endorsement?
Any angler 15 years of age or older with a Washington fishing license fishing recreationally for salmon or steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries is required to have an endorsement.

Are anglers licensed in Oregon required to purchase the endorsement?
Anglers with an Oregon license are not required to purchase an endorsement if they are fishing from a boat or from the Oregon bank of the Columbia River. However, as always, anglers licensed in Oregon fishing the Columbia River from Washington’s bank and sloughs – except Camas Slough – are required to purchase the appropriate Washington fishing-license documents.

Are anglers licensed in Idaho required to purchase the endorsement?
Anglers with an Idaho license are not required to purchase an endorsement if they are fishing from a boat or from the Idaho bank of the Snake River. However, as always, anglers licensed in Idaho fishing the Snake River from Washington’s bank and sloughs are required to purchase the appropriate Washington fishing-license documents.

Where is the endorsement required?
The endorsement is required, along with a fishing license and a catch record card, for anglers 15 years of age and older to fish for salmon and steelhead on the Columbia River and its tributaries when open to fishing for those species. WDFW, working with the Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Recreational Advisory Board, has developed a list of waters in the Columbia River basin where the endorsement is required.

What is the Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Recreational Angler Board?
The Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Recreational Angler Board was formed in September 2009 to advise WDFW on the use of money generated from the endorsement. SB 5421 directed WDFW to form the board, which has no fewer than six and no more than 10 members who represent different regions of the Columbia River Basin.

How much money has been generated from the new endorsement?
As of June 30, 2011, more than 307,000 endorsements have been sold, generating over $2.3 million in revenue. These funds have been used to maintain and improve recreational salmon and steelhead selective fisheries in the Columbia River and its tributaries. Specifically, the funds will support fishery management activities, including scientific monitoring and evaluation, data collection, permitting, reporting, and enforcement.

Where can I buy a license and endorsement?
At one of the more than 600 WDFW license dealers throughout the state or online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/. Dealer locations may be located online.

Where can I get more information?
Contact WDFW’s fish biologist Mike Tonseth at  (509) 664-3148 ext 12, or WDFW Licensing Division at (360) 902-2464.