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

October 12, 2018

Tilton River closed waters area to be reduced to 100 feet

Action: Reduces the closed-waters area on the Tilton River fish release site at Gust Backstrom Park to approximately 100 feet at posted signs.

Effective dates: October 17, 2018 until further notice.

Species affected: All fish species.

Locations: Tilton River fish release site at Gust Backstrom Park.

Reason for action: The closed-water area around the fish release site in Gust Backstrom Park was expanded to approximately 300 feet in early September to allow for released salmon to distribute during very low river flow conditions. This action helped to reduce the impact of angling on wild chinook salmon released at this site. Tilton River flow has now increased to a level that allows the closed area to be reduced. This action will increase fishing opportunity on hatchery salmon released at the site.

Additional information: Chinook and coho salmon are currently being released by Tacoma Power on the Tilton River as part of the salmon reintroduction program. Only hatchery coho or hatchery chinook may be retained by anglers. 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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