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

March 17, 2003

Steelhead fishing extended on Chehalis River system

Action: Extend the wild steelhead release seasons on the Wynoochee and Satsop rivers and mainstem Chehalis River. Hatchery steelhead retention will be allowed.

Effective dates: April 1 through April 15, 2003 - Wynoochee River April 1 through April 15, 2003 - Satsop River and East Fork April 16 through April 30, 2003 - mainstem Chehalis River

Species affected: Steelhead.

Location:

Wynoochee River: from its mouth upstream to 7400 Line Bridge above mouth of Schafer Creek.

Satsop River and East Fork: from its mouth upstream to bridge at Schafer State Park.

Chehalis River: from its mouth upstream to High Bridge on Weyerhauser 1000 line approximately 400 yards downstream of Roger Creek.

Reason for action: The 2002/2003 Chehalis river system wild winter steelhead run size is forecast to return well above escapement needs. The fishing seasons are being extended to allow increased catch-and-release opportunity on returning wild steelhead. The extensions will also allow additional opportunity for anglers to harvest hatchery fish.

Other information: Hatchery steelhead are identified by a missing adipose or ventral fin and a healed scar in the location of the missing fin(s). All other rules related to minimum size and daily limit rules remain the same.

Information contacts: Bill Campbell or Kirt Hughes, fish biologists, (360) 249-4628

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.