Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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November 12, 2002

Fishing re-opens on Clearwater River but anglers must release chinook

Actions: Coho, chum and trout fishing re-opens in the Clearwater River. All chinook must be released.

Effective date: Wednesday, November 13 through November 30, 2002.

Species affected: Coho and chum salmon and trout. Chinook release.

Location: Clearwater River, from the mouth to Snahapish River.

Reason for action: River flows have returned to normal in the Clearwater River allowing fall chinook and coho salmon to migrate upriver to most of their usual spawning grounds. Biologists remain concerned that chinook salmon have been more affected than other species by the previous low flows that delayed normal distribution to the spawning grounds. Consequently, chinook release will be required through the end of the salmon season (November 30, 2002).

Other information: The Quinault Tribe will also resume fishing in the lower Queets River. Olympic National Park will re-open the Queets and Salmon Rivers with chinook release. Anglers should refer to the Sportfishing rules pamphlet for bag limits and size restrictions except that all chinook must be immediately released unharmed.

Information contact: Bill Freymond, District Fish Biologist, 360-249-1225

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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