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

May 11, 2009

Limit increased for spring chinook jacks at Wind River

Action: Up to six spring chinook jacks may be retained.

Species affected: Chinook

Effective dates: May 11 through June 30, 2009

Location: Wind River from mouth (boundary line markers) to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls

Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to 400 feet below the coffer dam

Wind River from 100 feet above the coffer dam to 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery.

Daily limits: The salmonid daily limit will be six fish. Up to 2 may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Release wild steelhead and all trout other than steelhead. Release wild Chinook downstream from Shipherd Falls. Minimum size 12 inches for salmon and 20 inches for steelhead.

Other information: Under a previously adopted emergency action, the anti-snagging rule has been rescinded on the lower Wind from the Burlington-Northern Railroad Bridge downstream during this year's spring Chinook fishery. The anti-snagging rule remains in effect from the bridge upstream.

Reason for action: Large numbers of hatchery spring Chinook jacks have crossed Bonneville Dam. In addition, increasing numbers of jacks are appearing in the Wind River sport catches. Increasing the daily limit from the current two salmon or hatchery steelhead will provide additional opportunity to harvest those fish.

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.