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

March 14, 2005

Expanded Klickitat River spring chinook fishery to open

Action: The Klickitat River will open for spring chinook and hatchery steelhead beginning April 1 with increased opportunities.

Effective dates and locations:

From mouth to Fisher Hill Bridge April 1 through May 31 open Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only.

From 400 feet upstream from #5 fishway to boundary markers below Klickitat Salmon Hatchery May 1 through May 31 open seven days per week.

Species affected: Chinook and hatchery steelhead.

Reason for action: An increased run size expected in 2005 allows for expanded fishing opportunity. Allows fishery to target surplus hatchery spring chinook returning to Klickitat Hatchery.

Other information: The daily limit is a total of two salmon or hatchery steelhead. The minimum size is 12 inches for salmon and 20 inches for steelhead. Night closure and non-buoyant lure restriction in effect May 1 through May 31 in both sections listed above.

Chinook with or without a clipped adipose fin may be retained. Steelhead must have a missing adipose fin or ventral fin to be retained. Wild steelhead must be released.

Information contact: John Weinheimer, 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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