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

March 21, 2019

Adult salmon daily lilmit reduced on the Klickitat River

Action: Reduces the adult salmon daily limit to one fish, on days and in locations open for salmon retention in the Klickitat River.

Locations and Effective dates:

From the mouth (Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge) to Fisher Hill Bridge: effective April 1, 2019 until further notice.

From 400 feet upstream of #5 fishway to boundary markers below Klickitat Salmon Hatchery: Effective Saturday before Memorial Day until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon

Reason for action: An estimated 1,100 adult spring chinook are forecast to return to the Klickitat 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: In the lower Klickitat River, between April 1 and the Friday before Memorial Day, the combined salmon and steelhead daily limit is two fish of which only 1 may be an adult salmon. Anglers are reminded to check the Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for other areas and dates when the Klickitat River is open for salmon retention. WDFW will continue to monitor the spring chinook return with Co-Managers to determine if additional 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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