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

December 21, 2004

Smelt seasons set for SW Washington

Action: Washington tributaries- Grays River, Cowlitz River, Kalama River and Lewis River open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Columbia River mainstem open seven days a week, 24 hours a day

Effective dates: January 1 through March 31, 2005.

Species affected: Smelt

Location: Grays River, Cowlitz River, Kalama River, Lewis River and Columbia River.

Daily Limit: 10 pound daily limit per person for tributaries and 25 pound daily limit for the Columbia River

Reason for action: A Level 2 fishery was adopted in accordance with the Joint States Eulachon Management Plan. There is uncertainty on whether the run will be moderate or strong based on abundance and productivity indicators.

Information contact: Region 5 Office (360) 696-6211

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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