Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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December 24, 2008

2009 Smelt seasons set for SW Washington

Species affected: Smelt

Effective dates: Jan. 1 through March 31, 2009.

Action (1): Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Location: Columbia River.

Daily Limit: 25-pound daily limit.

Action (2): Open Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: Cowlitz River.

Daily Limit: 10-pound daily limit.

Other Information: Only dipnets may be used in this fishery.

Reason for action: A Level 1 fishery was adopted in accordance with the Washington and Oregon Eulachon Management Plan. Abundance and productivity indicators project a weak return of smelt for 2009. This rule is consistent with WDFW Hearing action of December 18, 2008.

Information contact: Region 5 Office (360) 696-6211

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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