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

May 21, 2010

Hatchery steelhead daily limit will increase on the lower Cowlitz River

Action: Cowlitz River anglers may retain up to three hatchery steelhead.

Species affected: Steelhead

Effective dates: Effective May 22 through Oct. 31, 2010.

Location: From the Hwy. 4 Bridge at Kelso upstream to Mayfield Dam.

Reason for action: There has been strong showing of hatchery summer run steelhead on the Cowlitz to date. Through May 15, a total of 165 hatchery summer run steelhead had returned to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery.

Other information: Under a previously adopted emergency action, steelhead with a clipped right ventral fin and a healed scar at the location of the clipped fin may be retained. Release wild steelhead.

Through June 4 all game fish except hatchery steelhead must be released.

Beginning June 5 the trout (including hatchery steelhead) daily limit will be 5 fish of which up to 3 may be hatchery steelhead. Minimum size 12 inches. Release wild cutthroat.

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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