WDFW Relaxing 2017’s Restrictive Cowlitz, Lewis, Etc., Summer Steelhead Rules

THE FOLLOWING ARE EMERGENCY RULE CHANGE NOTICES FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Hatchery steelhead limits and night fishing changes for Southwest Washington rivers

KRISTIN BISHOP, GUIDE SHEA FISHER, AND SARA DODD SHOW OFF A QUARTET OF SUMMER 2015 COWLITZ RIVER STEELHEAD. (THEFISHERE.COM)

Actions: Increases the daily limit of hatchery steelhead in the lower reaches of the Cowlitz, Lewis, Wind, and White Salmon rivers.

Also opens the lower Cowlitz River, lower Lewis River, and the lower White Salmon River for night fishing during the last 2 weeks of June. Closes night fishing on the lower Wind River immediately through June 30.

Species affected: All species

Locations and effective dates:

· Cowlitz River: Open to night fishing June 16 to June 30, 2018 from the boundary markers at the mouth to the Lexington Drive Bridge; daily limit 3 hatchery steelhead.

· Lewis River: Open to night fishing June 16 to June 30, 2018 from the mouth of the Lewis River to the mouth of the East Fork; daily limit 3 hatchery steelhead.

White Salmon River: Open to night fishing June 16 to June 30, 2018 from the mouth to the county road bridge below the former location of the powerhouse; daily limit is a total of 2 salmon or hatchery steelhead or 1 of each. Release wild salmon and steelhead.

· Wind River: Closed to night fishing immediately through June 30, 2018 from the mouth upstream to 400 feet below the Shipherd Falls fish ladder; daily limit 2 salmon or 2 hatchery steelhead or 1 of each. Release wild salmon and steelhead.

Reason for action: Forecast returns of summer steelhead have improved for 2018, making night closures and reduced daily limits currently unnecessary in the lower reaches of the Cowlitz, Lewis and White Salmon rivers.

Additionally, the lower Wind River is typically closed to night angling between March 16 and June 30; this rule change corrects an omission in the 2017-2018 Sport Fishing Pamphlet.

Other information: All other permanent rules contained in 2017-2018 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for these waters remain in effect through June 30, 2018.

New sport fishing rules for Washington waters will take effect on July 1, 2018.

There are no night fishing closures that will take immediate effect on July 1 for the areas described in this fishing rule change. Additionally, Drano Lake will be open for night fishing beginning July 1, 2018.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

Update Columbia River salmon, steelhead fisheries listed in the 2017-18 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet

Action: Update Columbia River salmon and steelhead seasons listed in the 2017-18 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Effective dates: June 16 through June 30, 2018.

Species affected: Salmon, steelhead.

Location and updated rules:

Megler-Astoria Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam: Up to 2 hatchery steelhead may be retained.  Release all sockeye. Fishing at night is permitted in Washington waters. Release all adult chinook June 16 through June 21.

Bonneville Dam upstream to Hwy 395: Up to 2 hatchery steelhead may be retained.  Release all sockeye. Fishing at night is permitted in Washington waters.

Hwy 395 upstream to Priest Rapids Dam: Release all sockeye.

Reason for action: This emergency rule updates some Columbia River fishing seasons listed in the 2017-18 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet to reflect co-manager agreements reached during the recent North of Falcon season setting process.

Other information: The fishery for adult summer-run hatchery chinook from Megler-Astoria Bridge to Bonneville is open from June 22 through July 4 with a daily limit of 2 hatchery adult chinook or 2 hatchery steelhead or one of each.

The fishery for adult summer-run hatchery chinook from Bonneville to Hwy. 395 is open from June 16 through July 31 with a daily limit of 2 hatchery adult chinook or 2 hatchery steelhead or one of each.

The fishery for adult summer-run hatchery chinook from Hwy. 395 to Priest Rapids Dam is open from June 16 through Aug. 15, with a one hatchery adult chinook below I-182 and two hatchery adult chinook above I-182.

Check the sport fishing rules page for more information on fisheries through June 30, 2018: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.  The 2018-19 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet (July 2018-June 2019) will be available mid-June.  These 2018-19 fisheries can be seen on the North of Falcon page: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/.

Information contact: Region 5, (360) 696-6211; Region 3, (509) 575-2740.

 

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