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Barbed hooks allowed on Columbia River

FISHING -- Starting Jan. 1, anglers will be allowed to use barbed hooks for fishing for Salmon and steelhead on the Columbia River, from the mouth to McNary Dam.

Washington is putting the rule into effect to avoid confusion with Oregon's rule.
But let's be clear about another thing:  Using barbless hooks puts less stress on the fish we catch and release and improves their survival. 
Man-up, anglers, and keep using barbless hooks.

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.

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