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

September 2, 2015

"Hoot-Owl" fishing restrictions removed on select Yakima Basin Rivers

Actions: Remove 2:00 p.m. to midnight closure ("Hoot Owl" hours) for game fish in select areas

Effective date: Immediately

Species affected: All Gamefish (trout, whitefish, etc.)


1) Naches River from Tieton River to Bumping River/Little Naches River

2) Rattlesnake Creek

3) Yakima River from I-82 Bridge at Union Gap to the South Cle Elum Bridge

Reason for action: Cooler weather and recent precipitation in the Cascades have reduced water temperatures. Environmental conditions now support removing hoot-owl restrictions.

Information contacts: Eric Anderson, District 8 Fish Biologist, (509) 457-9301 (Yakima) or John Easterbrooks, Regional Fish Program Manager, (509) 457-9330.

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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