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

December 4, 2008

Portions of the Grays River to open early for hatchery steelhead

Action: The mainstem Grays River from the Hwy. 4 Bridge upstream and the West Fork will open early to fishing for hatchery steelhead.

Species affected: Steelhead

Effective dates: Dec. 6, 2008 through March 15, 2009


Mainstem Grays River from Hwy. 4 Bridge upstream to South Fork

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

Daily limits: Daily limit is 2 hatchery steelhead. Wild steelhead must be released. All other game fish and salmon must also be released.

Reason for action: Based upon field observations, salmon have largely finished spawning. Hatchery winter run steelhead are available for harvest.

These areas had been scheduled to open to fishing for hatchery steelhead beginning Dec. 15. The mainstem Grays River from the Hwy. 4 Bridge downstream opened in mid November under permanent rules.

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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