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

February 21, 2019

Adult salmon daily limit reduced on the Kalama River

Action: Reduces the adult salmon daily limit to 1 fish in the lower Kalama River.

Effective date: Effective March 1, 2019 until further notice.

Species affected: All salmon.

Location: From the mouth upstream to 1,000 feet below the fishway at the upper salmon hatchery (i.e. Kalama Falls Hatchery).

Reason for action: An estimated 1,400 adult spring Chinook are forecast to return to the Kalama River in 2019. Managers need to reduce the adult salmon daily limit to ensure that hatchery Chinook broodstock goals are achieved. Reducing the adult salmon daily limit will provide continued opportunity for anglers to harvest Spring Chinook and help ensure future hatchery returns.

Additional information: The salmon daily limit remains 6 fish; up to 1 adult may be retained. Only hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained. WDFW will continue to monitor the spring Chinook fishery and hatchery returns to determine if further fishery modification is needed.

Information contact: Matt Gardner, District Fish Biologist, (360) 906-6746.

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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