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

June 25, 2008

Hatchery summer steelhead daily limit will increase on the North Fork Lewis River

Action: Anglers on the North Fork Lewis River may retain up to 6 hatchery steelhead beginning Wednesday June 25, 2008.

Species affected: Steelhead

Effective dates by location: Effective June 25 - until further notice - from the I-5 Bridge upstream to Merwin Dam on North Fork Lewis.

Reason for action: We have met hatchery broodstock needs and excess hatchery fish are available for harvest. There has been a good early showing of hatchery summer runs to date with 1,000 steelhead counted at the trap at Merwin Dam already and possibly that many again from just last week. Catches in the sport boat fishery are reportedly very good although bank anglers are somewhat limited by the high flow.

Other information: Release all wild steelhead and all trout other than steelhead.

Steelhead are being recycled downstream on the Lewis River.

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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