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

December 13, 2006

Increase in adult hatchery steelhead daily limit on Cowlitz River and Blue Creek

Action: Increase adult hatchery steelhead daily limit from two adults to six adults.

Effective date: Immediately through Jan. 31, 2007

Species affected: Adult steelhead

Location: Cowlitz River from boundary markers at mouth to Mayfield Dam and Blue Creek form mouth to Spencer Rd.

Reason for action: Hatchery escapement is expected to be met and harvestable numbers of steelhead are available.

Other Information: Fishing is allowed from the mouth up to the posted markers located 100 feet below Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery barrier dam. Fishing remains closed within 100 feet of the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery barrier dam. Release wild steelhead and right ventral fin clipped steelhead. This regulation maintains all existing closed waters restrictions.

Contact: Wolf Dammers, Region 5 office in Vancouver, (360) 696-6210

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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