Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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February 27, 2009

Adult spring chinook daily limit reduced on the Lewis River

Action: Lewis River anglers may keep only one adult spring chinook as part of their daily salmon limit.

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Effective dates: March 1, 2009 until further notice.

Location: Lewis River from mouth to mouth of East Fork; North Fork Lewis from mouth to overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam.

Reason for action: Slightly over 2,000 hatchery adult spring chinook are forecasted to return to the Lewis River this year. A total of 1,350 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.

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.

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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