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

May 15, 2015

Spring chinook limit and 2-pole area increased on lower Cowliz River

Action: Cowlitz River anglers may retain up to 3 hatchery adult spring chinook. In addition, anglers may fish with two poles up to the barrier dam.

Effective dates: May 17 until further notice

Species affected: Chinook

Location: Daily limit increase from boundary markers at the mouth to 400 feet or posted markers below the barrier dam.

Two-pole area increase from Lexington Drive Bridge (Sparks Road Bridge) upstream to 400 feet or posted markers below the barrier dam.

Reason for action: Hatchery returns have been strong to date. The hatchery brood stock goal is expected to be met and surplus hatchery fish are available for harvest.

The area for using two poles was increased from the Highway 505 Bridge at Toledo upstream to the barrier dam in an attempt to harvest more hatchery spring Chinook. In addition, it is consistent with the recently adopted North of Falcon rules which will allow the use of two poles to target hatchery salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout up to the barrier dam year round.

Other information: The salmon daily limit is 6 hatchery chinook of which no more than 3 may be adults. Release wild chinook. Anglers may also retain up to 3 hatchery steelhead under a previously adopted emergency regulation.

Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement is required. A valid Two Pole Endorsement is needed to fish with two poles from the Lexington Drive Bridge (Sparks Road Bridge) upstream to the barrier dam.

Barbless hooks are required through June. Under recently approved permanent game fish rules, barbed hooks may be used to target hatchery summer run steelhead in July.

Under permanent rules, bank angling from the south side of the river from Mill Creek (below the salmon hatchery) to the barrier dam are closed to all fishing through June 15.

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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