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

Fishing re-opens on Quillayute River system but anglers must release chinook

Actions: Coho, chum and trout fishing re-opens in the Quillayute River System. 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: Quillayute River, Bogachiel River, Calawah River, Dickey River and Sol Duc River.

Reason for action: River flows have returned to normal in the Quillayute River System 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 Quileute Tribe will also resume fishing. The Olympic National Park will re-open Park waters in the Quillayute system to fishing with chinook release. Anglers should note the areas being re-opened for salmon, trout and other game fish are the same boundaries as those listed in the 2002/2003 Sportfishing rules pamphlet. The pamphlet also lists the 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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