Lower Washougal Opening Early For Salmon, Chinook Added To Bag

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

Salmon and steelhead fisheries expanded on the Washougal River

Action: Allows retention of up to 3 hatchery adult salmon, including up to 1 hatchery adult Chinook. Allows retention of up 3 hatchery steelhead.

Effective date: Sept. 19 through Dec. 31, 2019.

Species affected: Hatchery salmon (Chinook and coho) and hatchery steelhead.

Location: Washougal River, from the mouth to the bridge at Salmon Falls.

Reason for action: Hatchery broodstock collection for the Washougal fall Chinook program has been meeting weekly objectives and early indications are that the broodstock goal will be achieved. This action also expands steelhead fishing opportunity that had been restricted below the Washougal River weir to support fall Chinook broodstock collection efforts. Expanding retention of hatchery salmon and hatchery steelhead will provide additional angling opportunity while broodstock collection efforts continue.

Additional information: Salmon daily limit is 6 fish; up to 3 adults may be retained, of which up to 1 may be a Chinook. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho.

Hatchery steelhead daily limit is 3 fish; minimum length 20 inches.

All other rules published in the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet remain in effect.

Information contact: Matt Gardner, district fish biologist, 360-906-6746.

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