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

November 23, 2015

Swift Reservoir trout season extended an additional month

Action: Swift Reservoir anglers will be able to fish the entire month of December

Species affected: Hatchery rainbows and landlocked coho and chinook salmon

Effective dates and locations: From Swift Dam upstream to Eagle Cliff Bridge through Dec. 31, 2015

Reason for action: Nearly 52,000 catchable size hatchery rainbows were released into the reservoir in late May. Because of the drought, the boat launch was largely unusable for most of the summer resulting in many of those fish remaining to be harvested. The reservoir is now within 10 feet of full pool and the boat launch just recently became usable. The fishery had been scheduled to close at the end of Nov.

Other information: Daily limit is 10 trout. For trout, only adipose clipped rainbow trout may be retained. All bull trout and adult steelhead must be released.

Landlocked rules will also be in effect (salmon count towards the trout daily limit); however, all salmon larger than 15 inches must be released. Salmon larger than 15 inches are anadromous fish released into the reservoir for introduction purposes.

Selective gear rules will remain in effect from markers approximately 3/8 mile below Eagle Cliff Bridge upstream to the bridge.

PacifiCorp is keeping the gates open at the boat ramp and the dam (bank access only at the dam) from sunrise to sunset through the end of December in support of this extended opportunity.

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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