This fishing rule change implements the policy direction provided by the commission on March 2, 2019 to make the use of barbless hooks voluntary for salmon and steelhead fisheries in the Columbia River and its tributaries. WDFW is unable to enact this rule change, at this time in some areas (reaches of the mainstem that share a border, tributaries upstream of McNary Dam, the Snake River, etc.), due to reciprocity with Idaho and ESA permitting with NOAA.
This rule change will become permanent for the 2019/2020 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet year (which begins July 1, 2019). Barbless hooks are required when fishing for sturgeon. Klickitat river is included. Barbed hooks are allowed on portions of the White Salmon river.
For more information: https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=2340