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

December 22, 2006

Smelt seasons set for SW Washington

Species affected: Smelt

Effective dates: Jan. 1 through March 31, 2007.

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 2007. Rule is consistent with WDFW Hearing action of December 14, 2006.

Information contact: Region 5 Office (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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