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

May 21, 2010

Hatchery steelhead daily limit to increase on Washougal River

Action: Anglers fishing from the Mt. Norway Bridge downstream may retain up to three hatchery steelhead beginning Saturday May 22; from the Mt. Norway Bridge upstream and in the West (North) Fork beginning June 5.

Species affected: Steelhead

Effective dates by location:

Mainstem Washougal River from mouth to the Mt. Norway Bridge at Vernon Road: Effective May 22 through Oct. 31, 2010;

Mainstem Washougal River from Mt. Norway Bridge to Salmon Falls Bridge: Effective June 5 through Oct. 31, 2010;

West (North) Fork Washougal River from intake at Skamania Hatchery upstream: Effective June 5 through Oct. 31, 2010.

Reason for action: There has been strong showing of hatchery summer run steelhead on the Washougal to date. Through May 19, a total of 357 hatchery summer run steelhead had returned to Skamania Hatchery.

Other information: All trout, except hatchery steelhead, must be released.

The mainstem Washougal from the mouth to Mt. Norway Bridge, selective gear rules remain in effect through June 4.

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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