Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

May 16, 2008

All spring Chinook must be released on the lower Cowlitz River

Action: Cowlitz 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 Mayfield Dam.

Reason for action: Through May 13, just 117 hatchery adult spring Chinook had returned to the salmon hatchery. The hatchery brood stock goal is a minimum of 1,150 fish.

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 *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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