Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

May 24, 2012

Spring chinook must be released on the Kalama River

Action: Kalama River anglers must release all spring chinook salmon.

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Effective dates: May 29 through July 31, 2012.

Location: From the boundary markers at the mouth to the upper salmon hatchery.

Reason for action: Through May 18, just 6 hatchery adult spring chinook have returned to Kalama Falls Hatchery, well below the hatchery broodstock goal of 390 fish. The pre-season forecast anticipated a return of 700 adult spring chinook to the river system.

Other information: Creel sampling surveys have shown light catches and there is no evidence of large numbers of fish holding in the river. Spring chinook returns to the Cowlitz and Lewis Rivers appear to be normal timed. Based upon recent 6 years of returns, over 100 fish would be expected to be at Kalama Falls Hatchery by this time. Kalama hatchery returns will continue to be closely monitored.

The lower Kalama remains open to the retention of hatchery steelhead.

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.

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