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

October 15, 2020

Fall Chinook retention opens on the Cowlitz River

Action: Opens retention of hatchery fall Chinook.

Effective date: Oct. 16 through Dec. 31, 2020.

Species affected: Hatchery Chinook salmon.

Locations and salmon rules: Cowlitz River, from the mouth to the posted markers below the Barrier Dam.

Rule: Salmon min. size 12". Daily limit 6, up to 2 adults may be retained. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho.

Reason for action: Chinook and coho salmon returns to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery have been above levels needed to meet broodstock collection goals for the Cowlitz Hatchery Chinook and coho programs. Modifying Chinook fisheries on this river will provide additional fishing opportunities while still meeting program goals.

Additional information: The posted fishing boundary markers below the Barrier Dam at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery will be temporarily moved from the standard 400 foot boundary upstream to approximately 100-feet below the fish ladder entrance to provide anglers with additional fishing area.

Information contact: Josua Holowatz, 360-906-6771.

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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