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

October 15, 2010

Grays River remains open for salmon, steelhead

Action: Extend lower mainstem Grays River salmon and steelhead season.

Effective Dates: Oct. 16 through Nov. 14, 2010.

Species affected: Hatchery coho, fall chinook, and hatchery steelhead.

Location: Mainstem Grays River from the mouth to the Hwy 4 Bridge.

Reason for action: The number of late-stock, hatchery coho salmon returning to the Grays River this year is larger than expected. This regulation will allow anglers additional opportunity to harvest hatchery coho, as well as hatchery winter steelhead. The fishery also will help remove hatchery-origin fish, allowing a greater proportion of wild fish onto the spawning grounds.

Other information: Daily limit six salmon; minimum size 12 inches. Up to two may be adult chinook. All chinook must be adipose and/or ventral fin clipped to be retained. Release wild coho, chinook not adipose and/or ventral fin clipped, and all chum. In addition two hatchery steelhead may be retained. Release wild steelhead and all other game fish. Night closure, anti snagging rule, and stationary gear rules will remain in effect to maintain an orderly fishery.

The mainstem Grays River from the Hwy. 4 Bridge upstream to the South Fork and the West Fork from the mouth to the hatchery intake/footbridge will remain closed to protect naturally spawning chum salmon. These areas along with the mainstem Grays below the Hwy. 4 Bridge will open for salmon and hatchery steelhead as listed in the 2010 Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet.

Information contacts: Wolf Dammers (360) 696-6211

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.