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

January 19, 2005

Hamma Hamma River will close to fishing

Effective date: January 20, 2005 through May 31, 2005

Species affected: All game fish including steelhead

Location: Hamma Hamma River from mouth upstream.

Reason for action: Fishing would jeopardize the research and monitoring components of an ongoing wild winter steelhead recovery program in the Hamma Hamma River.

Other information: The recovery program was initiated in 1998 and has shown promising results with increases in the number of wild winter steelhead spawning in the Hamma Hamma River. The recovery program is a collaborative effort between the National Marine Fisheries Service, Long Live the Kings, Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group, local treaty tribes, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Information contact: Thom Johnson, District Fish Biologist, (360) 765-3979; Bill Freymond, Regional Fish Manager, (360) 249-1225

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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