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

August 29, 2008

Adult chinook may be retained on the Elochoman River

Action: Anglers may keep two adult Chinook as part of their salmon daily limit.

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Effective dates by location:

From the mouth to the Hwy. 4 Bridge: Sept. 1 - Dec. 31, 2008.

From the Hwy. 4 Bridge upstream to the West Fork: Sept. 1 - Sept. 30, 2008

Reason for action: Under the recently developed Conservation and Sustainable Fishery Management Plan, fall Chinook will no longer be released into the Elochoman as a measure to provide a sanctuary for wild fish. Returning Chinook are available for harvest this fall.

Other information: The salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which 4 may be adults, except only two of the adults may be Chinook. Any adult Chinook, fin clipped or not, may be retained; however wild Chinook jacks must be released.

Effective October 1 adult Chinook must be released from the Hwy. 4 Bridge upstream.

Wild coho and chum must be released. Minimum size is 12 inches. Closed waters, night closures, non-buoyant lure and stationary gear restrictions, and opportunities for other salmon species remain the same as listed in the 2008/2009 Fishing in Washington pamphlet.

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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