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

October 18, 2017

Salmon retention to close on North Fork Toutle and Green rivers

Action: Release all salmon on the North Fork Toutle and Green rivers (Cowlitz County).

Species affected: Coho and chinook salmon.

Effective date: Oct. 21, 2017 until further notice.

Location: The North Fork Toutle and Green rivers from the mouth upstream.

Reason for action: The returns of chinook and coho salmon to the North Toutle Hatchery this year have been well below forecasts. Under current salmon fishing regulations on the North Fork Toutle and Green rivers, WDFW projects that not enough coho or chinook will reach the hatchery to meet egg take goals. Closing the salmon fishing season in these two rivers will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and help ensure future hatchery returns.

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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