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

February 27, 2009

Adult spring chinook daily limit reduced on the Kalama River and electric motors allowed upstream from Modrow Bridge

Action: Kalama River anglers may keep only one adult spring chinook as part of their daily salmon limit. In addition, boat anglers will be allowed to use electric motors upstream from the Modrow Bridge.

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Effective dates: March 1, 2009 until further notice.

Location: From boundary markers at the mouth upstream to 1,000 feet below fishway at the upper salmon hatchery.

Reason for action: Slightly over 700 hatchery adult spring chinook are forecasted to return to the Kalama River this year. Six hundred fish must escape past the sport fishery to meet the hatchery brood stock goal. The expected remaining harvestable hatchery surplus is too small to support a full sport fishery. The sport fishery and hatchery returns will be closely monitored in-season and further adjustments to the sport fishery may be made later this season.

Allowing the use of electric motors by all anglers will especially help those with disabilities that may have problems using oars and need assistance of a motor.

Other information: The daily salmon limit will be six chinook of which no more than one may be an adult. Minimum size 12". Release wild chinook.

All other motors (except electric) are prohibited above the Modrow Bridge.

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.