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

February 12, 2010

Puyallup River system to close to fishing

Action: Close the Puyallup, Carbon and White rivers to fishing.

Species affected: All game fish species.

Locations and effective closure dates:

Puyallup River from the 11th St. Bridge in Tacoma upstream to Electron Power Plant Outlet, Feb 18 through June 30, 2010.

Carbon River from the mouth to Voights Creek, Feb. 18 to August 31, 2010.

Carbon River from Voights Creek to Hwy.162 Bridge, Feb. 18 through June 30, 2010.

White (Stuck) River from the mouth to R Street Bridge in Auburn, Feb. 18 through Sept. 30, 2010.

Reasons for action: The closure will reduce incidental hooking mortality on wild steelhead. The 2009/2010 forecasted return of wild winter steelhead to the Puyallup River system is expected to be below the escapement goal of 2000.

Other information: The rivers will reopen to fishing as listed in the 2010/2012 FISHING IN WASHINGTON sport fishing rules pamphlet.

Information Contact: Mike Scharpf, District 11 Fish Biologist, 360-902-2710, Mike.Scharpf@dfw.wa.gov Kirt Hughes, Region 6 Fish Manager, 360-249-1204, Kirt.Hughes@dfw.wa.gov

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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