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

March 24, 2009

Anglers get extra day each week to catch spring chinook on lower Klickitat River

Action: Klickitat River anglers will be able to fish Sunday in addition to the Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday weekly schedule.

Species affected: Chinook and steelhead

Effective dates: April 1 through May 31, 2009

Location: Klickitat River from mouth to the Fisher Hill Bridge (located about 3 miles upstream from the mouth).

Daily limits: Daily limit is one hatchery chinook or hatchery steelhead. Release all wild chinook and wild steelhead. Minimum size 12 inches for salmon and 20 inches for steelhead.

Reason for action: This year, 2,000 spring chinook are expected to return to the Klickitat River, twice the size of last year's actual return. After consulting with the Yakama Indian Nation an extra weekend day of sport fishing was added. This will allow anglers more time to target surplus hatchery spring chinook returning to Klickitat Salmon Hatchery.

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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