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

September 24, 2014

Retention of chum in Willapa Bay Rivers

Action: Retention of chum is allowed as part of the daily limit when open for salmon fishing.

Effective date: Immediately

Species affected: Chum salmon.

Locations:

Bear River (from Hwy 101 Bridge to Lime Quarry Rd.),

Fork Creek (from Fork Creek Hatchery rack upstream 500' at fishing boundary sign),

Naselle River (from Hwy 101 Bridge to Crown Mainline (Salme) Bridge),

Middle Nemah River (from mouth to DNR bridge on Middle Nemah A-Line Rd.),

North Nemah River (from Hwy 101 Bridge to bridge on Nemah Valley Rd.),

South Nemah River (from mouth to confluence with Middle Nemah),

Niawiakum River (from Hwy 101 Bridge to South Bend/Palix Rd. Bridge),

North River (from Hwy 105 Bridge to Fall River),

Palix River (from Hwy 101 Bridge to mouth of the Middle Fork),

Smith Creek (from mouth to Hwy 101 Bridge),

Willapa River (from mouth to Fork Creek),

South Fork Willapa River (from mouth to bridge on Pehl Rd.)

Reason for action: The Sport Fishing Rules 2014/2015 pamphlet had been published prior to rules being adopted by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Other information: North Nemah River also allows for one additional hatchery chinook in the daily limit through November 30, 2014.

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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