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

October 1, 2009

Anglers must release adult chinook on a section of the lower Cowlitz River

Action: Anglers must release adult chinook on the Cowlitz River from Blue Creek upstream to Mill Creek.

Species affected: Adult chinook salmon

Effective dates: Oct. 3 through Dec. 31, 2009

Location: Cowlitz River from Blue Creek at the trout hatchery to Mill Creek near the salmon hatchery.

Reason for action: Protects naturally spawning fall chinook. This section is the primary spawning area for fall chinook on the lower Cowlitz.

Other information: Historically, all chinook had to be released in this section of river from October through December. With the advancement of mass marking, hatchery chinook jacks may continue to be retained. In addition, this area remains open for hatchery coho, hatchery steelhead, and hatchery sea run cutthroat trout.

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.

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