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

December 23, 2005

Smelt seasons set for SW Washington

Species affected: Smelt

Effective dates: Jan. 1 through March 31, 2006.

Action (1): Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Location: Columbia River.

Daily Limit: 25-pound daily limit.

Action (2): Open Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: Cowlitz River.

Daily Limit: 10-pound daily limit.

Reason for action: A Level 1 fishery was adopted in accordance with the Joint States Eulachon Management Plan. Abundance and productivity indicators project a weak return of smelt for 2006. Rule is consistent with WDFW Hearing action of December 15, 2005.

Information contact: Region 5 Office (360) 696-6211