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

May 16, 2008

All spring Chinook must be released on the Kalama River

Action: Kalama River anglers must release all spring Chinook beginning Saturday May 17.

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Effective dates by location: Effective May 17 through July 31 from boundary markers at the mouth to the upper salmon hatchery.

Reason for action: Through May 12, just 4 hatchery adult spring Chinook had returned to the salmon hatchery. The hatchery brood stock goal is 450 fish. In addition, up to 500 fish are needed for natural spawning above the hatchery.

Other information: Creel sampling surveys have shown light catches and no evidence of large numbers of fish holding in the river. Hatchery returns will continue to be closely monitored.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *101