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

February 26, 2010

Washington rivers, except the Columbia, to close to eulachon smelt fishing Feb. 28

Action: Prohibit sport fishing for eulachon smelt, except fishing for eulachon smelt allowed in the Columbia River.

Effective dates: 12:01 a.m. Feb. 28, 2010.

Species affected: Eulachon smelt

Location: All river systems except for the Columbia River.

Reason for action: Restrictive sport fisheries for eulachon smelt were adopted for the Columbia River in accordance with the Washington and Oregon Eulachon Management Plan. Eulachon are entering some Washington coastal rivers this year. This regulation provides additional protection to the population segment by prohibiting all sport fishing for eulachon smelt in state waters other than in the Columbia River.

Other Information: The Columbia river will close after March 31, 2010.

Information contact: Region 5 (Vancouver) Office (360) 696-6211. Region 6 (Montesano) Office (360) 249-4628.

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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