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

April 17, 2008

Spring Chinook daily limit and area increased on the Wind River

Action: Up to two spring chinook or hatchery steelhead may be retained in the daily limit from the Wind River effective immediately. In addition, the area upstream from Shipherd Falls will open to fishing beginning May 1.

Species affected: Chinook and steelhead

Effective dates: Immediately through June 30, 2008.

Location: Wind River from mouth (boundary line/markers) to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls and from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to boundary markers approximately 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery.

Daily limits: Daily limit is two spring chinook or two hatchery steelhead or one of each. Release wild steelhead. Release wild chinook downstream from Shipherd Falls. Minimum size 12 inches for salmon and 20 inches for steelhead.

Other information: Night closure and non buoyant lure restrictions are in effect. When non-buoyant lure restrictions are in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Wind River from 400 feet below to 100 feet above Shipherd Falls and 400 feet below to 100 feet above the coffer dam remain closed to fishing. In addition, the river from the boundary marker downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery upstream, including all tributaries, remains closed to all fishing.

Reason for action: The preseason forecast is for 10,000 adult spring chinook to return to the Wind River this year. The hatchery escapement goal is expected to be met and additional fish are available for harvest.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For up-to-date 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.