Wallace Reopening; Coho Only Salmon That Can Be Kept

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EMERGENCY RULE-CHANGE NOTICE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Action: Open the Wallace River to fishing.

Effective dates: Sept. 30 through Nov. 30, 2017.

THE WALLACE RIVER, SEEN HERE BELOW THE BRIDGE AT STARTUP, IS REOPENING FOR FISHING, BUT ONLY COHO MAY BE RETAINED. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

Rules:

From the mouth (farthest downstream railroad bridge) to 200 feet upstream of the water intake for the salmon hatchery.

Night closure and anti-snagging rule in effect.

Fishing from a floating device prohibited.

Salmon: Limit of 3 coho only (release chinook, pink, and chum).

Dolly varden/bull trout: Minimum size 20 inches, may be retained as part of the trout daily limit.

Other trout: Minimum size 14 inches, daily limit 2.

Other gamefish: Statewide minimum size/daily limit.

From 200 feet upstream of the water intake for the salmon hatchery upstream to Wallace Falls, opens to fishing Nov. 1, as described in the 2017/2018 Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet.

Species affected: Coho salmon, gamefish.

Closure locations: The Wallace River from the mouth upstream to Wallace Falls.

Reason for action: The river was closed Sept. 16 to ensure that chinook broodstock goals were met at the Wallace Hatchery. Chinook broodstock goals have now been met.

Additional Information: Pink salmon abundance remains below escapement goals, so pink salmon must be released. Under statewide general rules there is no fishing within 400 feet downstream of the hatchery weir. To insure future generations of fish, avoid stepping on redds (spawning nests) while fishing.

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