Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

May 20, 2010

Limit increase for hatchery origin spring chinook at Wind River

Action: Up to four hatchery spring chinook may be retained.

Species affected: Chinook

Effective dates: May 22 through June 30, 2010

Location:

Wind River from mouth (boundary line markers) to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to 400 feet below the coffer dam Wind River from 100 feet above the coffer dam to 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery.

Daily limits: The salmonid daily limit will be four fish. Up to 2 may be hatchery steelhead. Release wild steelhead and all other game fish (including trout). Release wild chinook downstream from Shipherd Falls. Minimum size 12 inches for salmon and 20 inches for steelhead.

Other information: Night closures are in effect. Jack chinook count as part of the salmon daily limit.

Under a previously adopted emergency action, the anti-snagging rule has been rescinded on the lower Wind from the Burlington-Northern Railroad Bridge downstream during this year's spring chinook fishery.

The anti-snagging rule remains in effect from the bridge upstream. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Reason for action: Through May 18, a total of 356 fish had returned to Carson National Fish Hatchery. The hatchery escapement goal is 1,500 fish. The hatchery is expected to meet its escapement goal and surplus hatchery origin fish are available for harvest.

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.