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

September 21, 2007

Lower Columbia tributaries to close for Chinook retention

Action: All Chinook must be released from the Elochoman, Cowlitz, Green, Toutle, Kalama. Lewis, and Washougal rivers.

Species affected: Adult and jack chinook salmon

Effective dates: September 22, 2007 until further notice.

Location: Elochoman River

Cowlitz River

Toutle River

North Fork Toutle River

Green River (Cowlitz County)

Kalama River

Lewis River

North Fork Lewis River

Washougal River

Other information: Hatchery coho and trout (including hatchery steelhead) seasons, areas, and daily limits will not be affected. Camas Slough is also closed for retention of Chinook salmon.

Reason for action: Lower Columbia fall Chinook hatchery returns are behind schedule and brood stock goals are not being met. Stream surveys and creel sampling also indicate no large numbers of fall Chinook present in several lower Columbia streams at this time. Other Columbia Chinook stocks are returning below pre-season forecasts and low stream flows are adding concerns for hatchery and wild tule fall Chinook escapement. Wild fall Chinook tules are listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. This rule change will also promote conservation by reducing snagging. Lower Columbia fall Chinook returns will continue to be closely monitored.

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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