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

February 21, 2019

Chinook retention to end on the Cowlitz River, Cispus River, and Lake Scanewa

Action: Salmon fishing is closed.

Effective date: March 1, 2019 until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Cowlitz River, Cispus River, and Lake Scanewa.

Reason for action: The 2019 Cowlitz River spring chinook run forecast is 1,300 fish. Based on this forecast, the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery is not expected to meet its broodstock goals. Closing the salmon fishing season will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and help ensure future hatchery returns. Based on the forecast, we do not expect to have hatchery chinook to transport above Cowlitz Falls Dam to support a chinook salmon fishery in the upper Cowlitz basin.

Additional information: Salmon harvest on the Cowlitz River may be allowed if in-season data, including hatchery returns, show the actual run size is large enough to support harvest. All other permanent rules remain in effect, including allowed harvest of hatchery steelhead in the effective locations described above. Please refer to the Sport Fishing Pamphlet for complete rule information.

Information contact: Region 5 Ridgefield office, (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

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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