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

September 9, 2013

Catch and release fishery on upper Wind River will not open this year

Action: Upper Wind River above Shipherd Falls will remain closed to fishing.

Effective Dates: Sept.16 through Nov. 30, 2013

Species affected: All game fish

Location: From 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to Moore Bridge.

Reason for action: A minimum escapement of 500 wild summer steelhead is needed to allow the opening of the catch-and-release fishery above Shipherd Falls. Based on recent survey results and average run timing, the wild escapement is projected to be about 300 fish, which is well below the escapement objective.

Other information: The catch and release fishery in the upper Wind River was scheduled to be open from Sept. 16 through Nov. 30, 2013. The lower Wind River below Shipherd Falls will remain open as listed in the 2013-2014 Washington Sport Fishing Rules.

Information Contact: John Weinheimer, District 9 Fish Biologist, (360) 906-6746

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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