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

September 12, 2008

Adult chinook may be retained on the Cowlitz River

Action: Anglers may keep one adult Chinook as part of the six adult salmon daily limit on the lower Cowlitz River.

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Effective dates: Sept. 14 through Dec. 31, 2008

Location: Cowlitz River from boundary markers at mouth to 400 feet below Mayfield Dam.

Reason for action: Fall Chinook returns to Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery to date are looking positive although it's still early in the run. Through September 10, a total of 716 adult fall Chinook had returned to the hatchery. Pre-season, only 1,800 fish were expected to return. The hatchery escapement goal is 2,600 fish which is expected to be met based on the early returns and historic run patterns.

Other information: The salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which all may be adults. Only 1 of the adults may be a Chinook. Adult Chinook, fin clipped or not, may be retained; however wild Chinook jacks must be released. All salmon other than hatchery coho and Chinook must be released. Effective October 1, adult Chinook must be released from Blue Creek to Mill Creek.

Closed waters and night closure, non-buoyant lure, boat, and access restrictions 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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