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

September 13, 2007

Lacamas Creek Closes to All Fishing

Action: Close Lacamas Creek (Clark County) to all fishing

Effective dates: September 14, 2007 until further notice

Species affected: Salmon, Trout and Other Gamefish

Location: Mouth upstream to Lacamas Lake Dam

Reasons for action: This regulation is needed because a large volume of water was released from Lacamas Lake Dam to facilitate maintenance work on the dam. This short-term flow increase is many times the normal summer low flow and has resulted in attracting a large number of fall Chinook into the stream, which normally does not occur. The presence of fall Chinook has created an enforcement problem due to the large influx of anglers, most of which are fishing illegally (snagging). Many of these anglers claim to be fishing for steelhead because the stream is currently open for gamefish. There are no significant numbers of steelhead in Lacamas Creek this time of year, therefore we need to close the stream to all fishing until fall Chinook move out of the area.

Other information: None

Information contact: John Weinheimer (360) 906-6746

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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