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

March 10, 2014

Wind River will open for hatchery chinook, with protective measures for wild steelhead

Action:

Daily limit will be 2 chinook or 2 hatchery steelhead or one of each.

Wind River from the mouth (boundary line markers) upstream to the Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge: Open March 16 through July 31. Anglers with a Two-pole Endorsement may fish with two poles for salmon and steelhead May 1 through June 30.

Wind River from Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge upstream to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls: Open April 1 through July 31;

Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery (except closed waters from 400 feet below to 100 feet above coffer dam): Open May 1 through June 30.

Species affected: Chinook and steelhead

Other information: Release wild chinook downstream from Shipherd Falls. Release all trout other than hatchery steelhead. Minimum size 12 inches for salmon and 20 inches for steelhead.

When fishing for sturgeon or other species, only one pole per angler may be used.

The area from the railroad bridge upstream to Shipherd Falls will be closed to all fishing from March 16-31 to protect wild steelhead when salmon abundance is low.

Reason for action: The 2014 Wind River spring Chinook returns are expected to be slightly higher than the recent 5 year average and more than twice last year's actual return. 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.