Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

October 12, 2011

ADA accessible fishing sites set to open at Bingham Creek, Forks Creek hatcheries

Action: Opens ADA Accessible Fishing Areas at the Bingham Creek Hatchery and at Forks Creek Hatchery to anglers who possess a reduced-fee disability fishing license.

Effective Dates: Bingham Creek - Oct. 15, 2011 through Jan. 31, 2012

Forks Creek - Oct.15, 2011 through Jan. 31, 2012

All Species: Night closure and single point barbless hooks required.

Salmon: Minimum size 12 inches. Daily limit 6. Up to 3 adults may be retained. Release wild (unmarked) chinook and chum.

Species affected: Coho and hatchery chinook salmon.

Location: In the designated ADA fishing areas at both hatcheries:

Bingham Creek, from Bingham Creek Hatchery barrier dam downstream 400 feet

Fork Creek, from adult weir at Forks Creek Hatchery upstream approximately 500 feet

Reason for Action: Sufficient surplus of coho and hatchery chinook exists to provide opportunity for an ADA access only sport fishery.

Other information: (Ref: WAC 220-55-065)

Anglers and/or harvesters (with an appropriate designated harvester card) must follow all applicable fishing regulations for the Satsop River when fishing at Bingham Creek Hatchery and regulations for the Willapa River (below Fork Creek) when fishing at Forks Creek Hatchery.

Anglers and harvesters must yield ramp access to persons permanently using a wheelchair.

Information contacts: Region 6 Montesano, Mike Scharpf (360) 249-1205 or Kirt Hughes (360) 249-1204.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.