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

May 30, 2008

Grays River opens to fishing for hatchery spring chinook and hatchery steelhead

Action: The mainstem and West Fork Grays River opens to fishing for hatchery spring Chinook and hatchery steelhead beginning Sunday June 1.

Species affected: Chinook salmon and steelhead

Effective dates: June 1, 2008 through July 31, 2008

Location: Mainstem Grays River from mouth to South Fork

West Fork Grays River from the mouth to the hatchery intake/footbridge.

Daily limits: Daily limit is six hatchery spring chinook of which no more than two may be adults. Minimum size 12 inches. Wild Chinook must be released. In addition, 2 hatchery steelhead may be retained. Minimum size 20 inches. Wild steelhead and all trout other than hatchery steelhead must be released.

Reason for action: Some spring chinook, possible strays from the nearby Select Area Fishery Evaluation sites, have been observed in the system. These fish are not needed for broodstock. In addition, there may be stray hatchery summer run steelhead available for harvest.

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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