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

March 1, 2022

Adult salmon daily limit reduced on the Lower Cowlitz River; season shortened to support hatchery production

Species affected: Salmon

Locations: Cowlitz River, from the mouth to the posted markers below the Barrier Dam

Effective dates and Rules:

Mar. 1 to Apr. 30, 2022: Salmon min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 1 adult may be retained. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho.

May 1, 2022, until further notice: Salmon: Closed to fishing for or retaining.

Reason for action: Preseason forecasts indicate a lowered adult salmon daily limit and a shortened salmon season are necessary to provide both spring Chinook angling opportunity and to meet broodstock and hatchery collection goals.

Additional information: Fishery managers will continue to monitor spring Chinook returns to the Cowlitz River to determine if additional open fishing periods and/or increased retention limits can be implemented. The posted fishing boundary markers below the Barrier Dam at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery will revert to the standard 400-foot boundary downstream of the fish ladder entrance.

All other permanent rules remain in effect; please refer to the Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for additional information.

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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