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

July 10, 2019

Retention of hatchery Chinook allowed on the lower Klickitat River

Action: Opens the lower Klickitat River to the retention of hatchery Chinook, as listed in the 2019-20 Washington sportfishing rules pamphlet.

Effective date: July 12, 2019 through July 31, 2019.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: The Klickitat River, from the mouth (Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge) to Fisher Hill Bridge.

Reason for action: Fishery co-managers have indicated that the majority of the spring Chinook run has passed above Lyle Falls into the upper river, making continued closure of the hatchery Chinook fishery in the lower river unnecessary. Chinook retention was closed by emergency rule on June 5 in the stretch of the Klickitat River noted above due to low returns to the Klickitat Salmon Hatchery.

Additional information: Retention of hatchery spring Chinook remains closed above Fisher Hill Bridge to allow hatchery Chinook migrating through this area to return to Klickitat Salmon Hatchery for broodstock needs. Chinook retention in the upper river will reopen under permanent rule on Aug. 1, 2019.

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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