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

May 10, 2019

Fishing to close Monday on the Chehalis River and some tributaries

Action: Closes fishing on the Chehalis River and some tributaries beginning May 13.

Effective date: May 13, 2019 through June 30, 2019.

Species affected: All species.

Location: Chehalis River, South Fork Chehalis River, North Fork Newaukum River, South Fork Newaukum River and Skookumchuck River.

Reason for action: Low predicted spring Chinook returns make them more vulnerable to fishing pressure. Spring Chinook stage in the Chehalis River, South Fork Chehalis River, North and South forks of the Newaukum Rivers and the Skookumchuck River. Any incidental encounters of spring Chinook during game fishing could subject this fish to stress, injury, or death, which during a year of low predicted returns could harm future runs.

Additional information: WDFW previously closed the Chehalis to fishing for spring chinook: https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=2304. The Chehalis River was scheduled to open for fishing for gamefish on May 25 but will remain closed to all fishing through June 30.

For more information regarding fishing regulations and opportunities please visit our website at https: //wdfw.wa.gov or download our free Fish Washington mobile application from your app store.

Information contact: Chad Herring, Willapa Bay/Grays Harbor Fishery Policy Lead Region 6, (360) 249-4628, ext 299.

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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