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

June 25, 2008

Cowlitz reopens for hatchery spring chinook

Action: Beginning June 25, anglers may again keep hatchery spring Chinook on the Cowlitz River. However, only one adult Chinook may be retained as part of the daily limit.

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Effective dates by location: Effective June 25 through July 31 from boundary markers at the mouth to Mayfield Dam.

Reason for action: With a late surge, the hatchery brood stock goal is expected to be met. However, additional fish are needed for re-introduction and additional harvest opportunity in the upper watershed.

Other information: The salmon daily limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults. Only one of the adult salmon may be a Chinook. Only hatchery coho and hatchery Chinook may be retained. Minimum size is 12 inches.

Information contact: Steve Vigg (360) 906-6710. 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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