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

June 13, 2018

Retention of adult spring chinook to close on the Klickitat River

Action: It is unlawful to retain hatchery adult chinook from the Klickitat River.

Effective date: June 16 through July 31, 2018.

Species affected: Spring chinook.

Location: From the mouth (Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge) to the boundary markers below Klickitat Salmon Hatchery.

Reason for action: The number of hatchery-origin spring chinook that have returned to the Klickitat Salmon Hatchery is far behind the 500 fish needed to meet the hatchery escapement goal. As of June 11, only 44 adults had returned to the hatchery. Closing the river to adult chinook retention will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and help ensure future hatchery returns. WDFW will continue working with co-managers to monitor the progress of broodstock collection and reopen the fishery if returns indicate that hatchery goals will be met.

Additional information: The Klickitat River remains open from the mouth to the boundary markers below the hatchery for retention of hatchery jack chinook; daily limit 6. Anglers may also retain up to 3 hatchery steelhead per day from the mouth upstream to the Yakama reservation boundary.

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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