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

July 1, 2009

Chinook salmon retention ends Sunday on the Skykomish River

Action: Close chinook salmon retention on the Skykomish River.

Effective date: July 5 through July 31, 2009.

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Location: Skykomish River from Lewis Street Bridge in Monroe upstream to the Wallace River.

Reason for action: Chinook brood stock collection at the Wallace River Hatchery is well behind the goal (3,200). As of June 30, only 550 chinook brood stock have been trapped at the hatchery. The closure of the selective chinook sport fishery on the Skykomish River is necessary in order to fulfill brood stock collection requirements. If the brood stock collection goal is met prior to July 31, the Skykomish River selective chinook sport fishery may resume.

Other information: The Skykomish River from Lewis Street Bridge in Monroe upstream to the Wallace River will still remain open for hatchery summer steelhead and all other game fish.

Information contact: Annette Hoffmann, Region Fish Program Manager (425) 775-1311, ext. 120, Aaron Bosworth, Region 4 Fish Manager (425) 775-1311, ext. 101.

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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