Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
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July 2, 2018

Chinook salmon retention to close July 3 on Cowlitz River

Action: Chinook salmon retention closes on the Cowlitz and Cispus rivers and in Lake Scanewa.

Effective dates: July 3 through July 31, 2018.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Locations: The Cowlitz River from the mouth to Forest Road 1270, Cispus River, and Lake Scanewa.

Reason for action: The 2018 Cowlitz River spring chinook return was forecast to be low relative to recent years and the return to date has been below expectations. WDFW is closing the fishery now to ensure hatchery broodstock goals are met, and to allow for additional fish to be transported above Cowlitz Falls Dam for reintroduction purposes.

Additional information: The Cowlitz River fall chinook run will begin arriving in August as the spring chinook run comes to end, so the fishery regulations will revert to permanent regulations on Aug. 1. All other permanent rules remain in effect. Please refer to the Sport Fishing Pamphlet 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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