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

March 27, 2015

Daily limit for hatchery steelhead will increase on the lower Cowlitz River

Action: Cowlitz River anglers may retain up to 3 hatchery steelhead.

Effective date: April 1, 2015, until further notice.

Species affected: Steelhead.

Location: Cowlitz River from boundary markers at the mouth upstream to 400 feet (or posted markers) below the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery barrier dam.

Reason for action: There has been a strong showing of late winter run hatchery steelhead on the Cowlitz to date. The hatchery brood stock goal is expected to be met.

Other information: Barbless hooks are required. From the Lexington Bridge Drive in Lexington upstream to the Highway 505 Bridge in Toledo, anglers may fish with two poles with a Two-Pole Endorsement.

New rules will be coming out in July. Under recently approved permanent rules, barbed hooks may be used in the month of July. In addition, anglers with a Two-Pole Endorsement may fish with two poles upstream to 400 feet (or posted markers) below the barrier dam beginning July 1.

All other permanent rules apply including the Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement.

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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