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

July 30, 2004

Gobar Creek on Kalama River closes August 1 for all steelhead retention

Action: Beginning August 1, all steelhead caught in Gobar Creek must be released.

Effective dates: August 1, 2004, until further notice.

Species affected: Steelhead and trout

Location: Gobar Creek

Reason for action: The retention closure is intended to protect hatchery steelhead that are part of a special wild broodstock research program from harvest in the upper Kalama basin. The research will compare the reproductive success of the wild-broodstock hatchery fish to that of their wild-reared counterparts, when both spawn naturally in the upper Kalama River and its tributaries. The hatchery fish can still be harvested in the lower Kalama River.

Other information: Catch-and-release fishing is allowed for trout including all steelhead but none may be retained. Regulations for other game fish will remain the same as listed in the WDFW sportfishing rules pamphlet.

Information contact: John Weinheimer, (360) 696-6211

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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