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

May 24, 2012

Daily limit increased for hatchery spring chinook on a portion of the Wind River

Action: Up to six hatchery origin spring chinook may be retained on the Wind River from the railroad bridge upstream. Up to 4 may be adult chinook.

Species affected: Chinook

Effective dates: May 26 through June 30, 2012

Location:

Wind River from Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls

Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to 400 feet below the coffer dam

Wind River from 100 feet above the coffer dam to 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery.

Daily limits: The salmonid daily limit will be six fish. Up to 4 may be adults of which no more than 2 may be hatchery steelhead. Release wild Chinook downstream from Shipherd Falls. Release all trout other than hatchery steelhead. Minimum size 12 inches for salmon and 20 inches for steelhead.

Other information: Night closures and anti-snagging rule remain in effect. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

The lower Wind from the boundary line/markers to the railroad bridge will remain the daily limit of 2 hatchery salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. As an experiment, this fishing area was recently expanded and continues to be monitored closely for possible impacts to listed upriver stocks.

Reason for action: Carson National Fish Hatchery is expected to meet its escapement goal of 1,500 fish. Surplus hatchery origin fish are available for harvest.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

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.