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

October 14, 2005

Fishing closure lifted near Naselle hatchery

Action: Opens the Naselle River near the Naselle salmon hatchery to salmon fishing when the river section from the Highway 4 bridge to the Crown Mainline (Salme) bridge opens on Oct.16.

Effective dates: Oct. 16, 2005 through Jan. 31, 2006

Species affected: Salmon and game fish

Location: Naselle River - The area from 200 feet upstream of the Naselle salmon hatchery water supply intake barrier to 400 feet downstream of the entrance to the adult attraction channel will be open to fishing for salmon and game fish when the river section from the Highway 4 bridge to the Crown Mainline (Salme) bridge opens to salmon fishing on Oct. 16.

Other Information: Daily limit and size restrictions listed in the sport fishing rules pamphlet for this section of the Naselle River remain in effect. Other regulations continue to be in place for this area of the Naselle: no night fishing; single barbless hooks required; line and weight and lure or bait must be moving (not stationary). The area from the falls in Sec. 6, T10N, R8W (Wahkiakum Co.) downstream 400 feet remains closed to all fishing.

Reason for action: Recent rains and the resulting increased flow have helped the upstream migration of chinook and brought an abundance of hatchery coho into this area. Also, through the placement of a weir earlier this fall, the Naselle hatchery is on track to meet its chinook egg take goal.

Information contact: Barbara McClellan (360) 249-4628 ext. 213

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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