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

October 4, 2004

Fishing opens Oct. 6 on Green River downstream of Auburn-Black Diamond Road

Effective date: October 6, 2004

Species affected: Coho and chum salmon, trout and other game fish.

Location: From the South 277th Bridge upstream to the Auburn-Black Diamond Road Bridge.

Reason for action: This section of the Green River is normally closed during the first half of October to protect spawning chinook from harassment. High September stream flows caused most chinook spawners to move to areas upstream of the Auburn-Black Diamond Road Bridge, largely eliminating concerns over harassment by anglers fishing for coho and steelhead.

Additional Information: Salmon daily limit is six salmon, minimum size 12 inches, but no more than three adults. All chinook must be immediately released unharmed. The trout daily limit is 2 fish, minimum size 14 inches, except wild steelhead must be released. Statewide rules apply to the minimum size and daily limits for other game fish. A night closure and non-buoyant lure restriction is in effect for all species.

Information contact: Tom Cropp, District 12 Fish Biologist (253) 840-4563 or Curt Kraemer, Region 4 Anadromous Fish Program Manager (425) 775-1311 ext. 101.

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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