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

May 16, 2003

Lake Scanewa opens early for hatchery chinook

Action: Lake Scanewa opens for retention of hatchery chinook salmon.

Effective Date: May 17 through May 31, 2003.

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Location: Lake Scanewa (Lewis County)

Reason for action: Hatchery spring chinook are returning much earlier than normal this year to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery and many are being transported to Lake Scanewa for anadromous fish reintroduction and additional fishing opportunity.

Other information: The daily limit is six salmon, but no more than 2 adults. All wild chinook and wild coho must be released. The salmon minimum size is eight inches. Anglers are reminded that Lake Scanewa remains closed for the taking of trout and other game fish until June 1. Beginning June 1, anglers should consult the 2003/2004 Fishing in Washington Rules pamphlet for the permanent rules on Lake Scanewa.

Information contact: Wolf Dammers, (360) 906-6709

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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