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

June 15, 2018

Chinook salmon retention to close on Lewis River; floating devices allowed for hatchery steelhead

Action: Regulations for chinook salmon will revert to permanent rules on the Lewis River, closing chinook retention until Aug. 1. For steelhead fishing, anglers can use a floating device on the Lewis River from Johnson Creek to the overhead power lines below Merwin Dam.

Effective date: June 18.

Species affected: Steelhead and chinook salmon.

Location: The Lewis River from the mouth to the overhead powerhead lines below Merwin Dam.

Reason for action: Chinook retention will close because additional spring chinook are needed to meet hatchery broodstock and reintroduction goals.

At the same time, broodstock goals for hatchery steelhead are expected to be met for summer steelhead on the Lewis River; therefore regulations can revert to the permanent rules for this area.

Additional information: Anglers can retain up to 3 hatchery steelhead per day. Night closure remains in effect from Johnson Creek upstream.

All other permanent rules remain in effect. Please refer to the Sport Fishing Pamphlet and continue to monitor emergency rule notifications for complete rule information.

Information contact: Tom Wadsworth, District Fish Biologist, (360) 906-6709.

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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