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

June 13, 2007

Expanded area, season and gear restrictions on the lower Kalama River

Action:

1. Beginning June 16, night closure and non-buoyant lure restrictions are in effect on the Kalama River from the mouth to the lower salmon hatchery intake pipe. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

2. Beginning Sept. 1, night closure, non-buoyant lure and stationary gear restrictions are in effect from the mouth to the natural gas pipeline. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Species affected: All Species

Effective dates by location:

1. The restrictions listed above for the Kalama River from the mouth upstream to the intake at the lower salmon hatchery will be in effect June 16 through Oct. 31.

2. The restrictions listed above for the Kalama River from mouth to natural gas pipeline will be in effect Sept. 1 through Oct. 31.

Other information:

The fly fishing only season from the natural gas pipeline crossing to the deadline at the intake of the lower salmon hatchery remains in effect Sept. 1 through Oct. 31. Motors are prohibited upstream of the Modrow Bridge.

Reason for action: The dry weather has caused the flows in the Kalama to be drastically reduced. The flows are similar to late summer. Snagging of wild Chinook and wild steelhead is occurring regularly. These regulation changes are needed to curtail illegal activities.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

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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