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

April 14, 2009

Anti-snagging rule won't apply to Drano Lake, lower Wind River this spring

Action: Anglers targeting hatchery spring chinook will be able to use single, double, or treble hooks on baits and lures on the lower Wind from the railroad bridge downstream and at Drano Lake beginning May 1.

Species affected: All species except sturgeon.

Effective dates: May 1 through June 30, 2009.

Location: Wind River from mouth (boundary line/markers) to the Burlington-Northern Railroad Bridge and Drano Lake from the Hwy. 14 Bridge to markers on points of land downstream and across from the Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery.

Reason for action: The Fish and Wildlife Commission recently adopted the replacement of the non-buoyant lure restriction with the anti-snagging rule. Under permanent regulations, both Wind River and Drano Lake had the non-buoyant lure restrictions.

During the recent North of Falcon process, the department proposed a test to remove the upcoming anti-snagging rule during the spring chinook fishery in selected portions of these areas. Floating lures are commonly trolled in these locations and the new anti-snagging rule would have required anglers to remove the factory installed treble hooks with up to two single pointed hooks.

Based upon public response at the North of Falcon process, the department will move forward with the test. If snagging does not become a problem this spring, the department will propose permanently removing the anti-snagging rule for these areas.

Other information: The anti-snagging rule will begin as scheduled May 1 on the Wind River from the Burlington-Northern Railroad Bridge upstream. Spring chinook are susceptible to snagging in the river itself. In addition, the anti-snagging rule will remain in place during the fall salmon fisheries at Wind River and Drano Lake.

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 f