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

September 29, 2015

ADA accessibility change at Forks Creek Hatchery

Action: Broadens ADA accessible fishing at Forks Creek Hatchery in Pacific County for anglers with disabilities.

Effective dates: Oct. 1, 2015 through Jan. 28, 2016

All species: Night closure and single point barbless hooks required; stationary gear restriction.

Location: Within the designated ADA fishing area at Forks Creek Hatchery; from adult weir upstream 500 feet to the fishing boundary sign.

Reason for action: Surplus coho, hatchery chinook and hatchery steelhead exist to provide expanded opportunities for sport fisheries with ADA access only.

Other information: Anglers with lower extremity disabilities who must permanently use a medically prescribed assistive device every time for mobility as defined in WAC 232-12-825(1)(a) AND who have been issued a designated harvester companion card to fish within the designated ADA Access Area from the adult weir at Forks Creek Hatchery upstream 500 feet to the fishing boundary sign.

Anglers and/or harvesters must follow all applicable fishing regulations.

Anglers and/or harvesters must yield ramp access to persons permanently using a wheelchair.

Information contact: Region 6 Montesano, Randy Aho (360) 249-1203 or ADA Program, Dolores Noyes (360) 902-2349

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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