Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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June 17, 2022

Spring Chinook daily limit increased on the Lewis River

Action: Increases the daily limit of hatchery Chinook salmon.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Effective dates: June 17 through July 31, 2022.

Locations: From the mouth to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam.

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

Reason for action: Spring Chinook salmon returns to the Lewis Hatchery are projected to meet broodstock collection goals for the Lewis Hatchery programs. Additionally, upstream transport of adults in excess of weekly broodstock collections targets is occurring for reintroduction purposes. Therefore, additional spring Chinook are available for harvest.

Modifying fisheries will provide additional fishing opportunities while still meeting program and reintroduction goals.

Additional information: Under permanent rules, the Lewis River is currently open for hatchery steelhead retention from the mouth up to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam. All other permanent rules published in the Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet remain in effect.

Information contact: Josua Holowatz, District Fish Biologist, 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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