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

August 12, 2005

Green River closes to retention of Chinook salmon

Action: Green River (King County) closes to retention of chinook and an additional area closes to all fishing.

1. Requires release of chinook salmon on the Green River. 2. Closes all fishing on the Green River from Tukwilla International Boulevard/Pacific Highway South to Interstate 5 through September 15.

Effective dates: September 1 through December 31.

Species affected: All Species

Location: 1. Green River from First Avenue South Bridge to Tukwilla International Boulevard/Pacific Highway South Bridge. 2. Green River from Tukwilla International Boulevard/Pacific Highway South Bridge to Interstate 5 Bridge.

Reasons for action: Based state and tribal fisheries, the number of chinook returning to the Green River system appears to be well below the pre-season forecast and additional fishing could result in not meeting the escapement goal.

Other information:

1. Beginning September 1, the Green River from the First Avenue South Bridge upstream to the Tukwilla International Boulevard/Pacific Highway South Bridge will open for fishing. The salmon daily limit is 6 salmon of which only 3 may be adult salmon, release all chinook. The trout daily limit is 2 fish, with a minimum size of 14 inches in length.

2. From Tukwilla International Boulevard/Pacific Highway South Bridge upstream to the Interstate 5 Bridge, all fishing will continue to be closed September 1 through September 15. This section will re-open for fishing beginning September 16. Beginning September 16, the salmon daily limit is 6 salmon of which only 3 may be adult salmon, release all chinook. The trout daily limit is 2 fish, with a minimum size of 14 inches in length.

3. All other rules and regulations for the Green River remain in effect as listed in the Fishing in Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Information contact: Steve Thiesfeld (360) 902-2715

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. Fishin