Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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May 11, 2005

Hatchery spring chinook fishing opens May 14 on Elochoman River

Action: The Elochoman River will open to fishing for hatchery spring chinook beginning Saturday, May 14.

Effective Dates: May 14 through July 31, 2005.

Species affected: Hatchery chinook salmon

Location: Elochoman River from mouth to the Elochoman Salmon Hatchery Bridge, located about 400 feet below the upper hatchery rack.

Reason for action: Adult spring chinook straying from Select Area Fishery Evaluation sites are entering the Elochoman River. These fish are not needed for brood stock.

Other information: The daily limit is 6 hatchery salmon, no more than 2 of which may be adults. Wild chinook must be released unharmed. Minimum size is 12 inches. The Elochoman River opens for hatchery steelhead and other game fish beginning June 1 (see sport fishing rules pamphlet). Under permanent regulations, the Elochoman River will close to salmon fishing beginning Aug. 1 but reopen on Sept. 1.

Information contact: Wolf Dammers (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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