THE FOLLOWING ARE EMERGENCY RULE-CHANGE NOTICES FROM WDFW
WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
October 3, 2018
Chinook salmon retention to close on Toutle, North Fork Toutle rivers
Action: Chinook salmon retention closes on the Toutle River and the North Fork Toutle.
Effective dates: October 6, 2018 until further notice.
Species affected: Chinook salmon.
Locations: The Toutle River from the mouth to the forks; the North Fork Toutle River from the mouth to the posted markers downstream of the fish collection facility.
Reason for action: Fall chinook salmon returning to the North Toutle Hatchery, located on the Green River, are tracking well below the pre-season forecast and are not currently projected to meet the hatchery broodstock goal. These fish must first migrate through the Toutle and North Fork Toutle rivers. Closing the Toutle River and North Fork Toutle River to chinook salmon retention will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and help ensure fishing opportunities in future years.
Additional information: The Green River is also currently closed to chinook retention. Retention of hatchery coho remains open on the Toutle, North Fork Toutle and Green rivers. All other permanent rules remain in effect. Please refer to the Sport Fishing Pamphlet for complete rule information.
Information contact: Tom Wadsworth, District Fish Biologist, (360) 906-6709.
Grays and West Fork Grays rivers to close for hatchery coho retention
Action: Closes the Grays and West Fork Grays rivers to retention of coho.
Effective date: October 6, 2018 until further notice.
Species affected: Coho salmon.
Location: The Grays River to the mouth of the South Fork Grays River and West Fork Grays River from the mouth upstream.
Reason for action: The Grays River Hatchery coho return to date is below what is needed for hatchery broodstock. The 2018 return has been influenced by poor ocean conditions and reduced juvenile releases in previous years. Closing coho retention in the Grays River and West Fork Grays River will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and help ensure fishing opportunities in future years.
Additional information: Fishing remains open on the mainstem Grays River upstream of the mouth of the South Fork as well as the South and East Fork Grays Rivers under permanent rule as described in the 2018/2019 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.
Information contact: Region 5 Office, 360-696-6211 *1010