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Skykomish River hatchery chinook - 4:32 p.m. 5/7/2015
Skykomish River hatchery chinook
fishery will not open June 1

Action: Close the Skykomish River to the retention of hatchery chinook salmon.

Effective date: June 1 through July 31, 2015.

Species affected: Hatchery chinook salmon.

Location: The Skykomish River from the mouth upstream to the mouth of the Wallace River.

Reason for action: The forecast run size for Wallace River hatchery chinook is below broodstock needs. Hatchery rack returns will be closely monitored and if early returns indicate that the run size will meet broodstock needs the Skykomish mark selective fishery will open.

Other information: Trout and other game fish are open as listed in the current Sport Fishing rules pamphlet.

Information contact: Jennifer Whitney, District 13 fish biologist, (425) 775-1311.

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.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Razor clam dig reduced to one day this week - 10:27 a.m. 5/7/2015
Razor clam dig reduced to one day this week

OLYMPIA - Three days of a four-day razor clam dig have been canceled on all ocean beaches because of public health concerns, state shellfish managers said today.

The opening will continue as planned Thursday on Long Beach and Twin Harbors beaches after state health officials cleared that day's dig.

Levels of domoic acid, detected through routine testing, have been on the rise since late Monday and could exceed state health guidelines by this weekend. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is canceling the dig May 8-10 as a precaution, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager with WDFW.

Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae, can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. More information about domoic acid can be found on WDFW's webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/domoic_acid.html .

"Warm ocean water temperatures have created ideal conditions for the algae that produce domoic acid," Ayres said.

Earlier this week, the department had approved the four-day dig after marine toxin tests over the weekend showed clams on Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks beaches were safe to eat. Since that time, routine testing detected elevated toxin levels, prompting a second round of testing on razor clams by the Washington Department of Health (WDOH).

Those tests, evaluated today, show domoic acid levels in razor clams are rising and could surpass state health guidelines by the weekend.

Since 1991, when the toxin was first detected on the Pacific coast, outbreaks of domoic acid have prompted the cancellation of three entire razor clam seasons in Washington - the last one in 2002-03. Kalaloch Beach, jointly managed by WDFW and Olympic National Park, also was closed for much of the 2004 season due to high toxin levels. In 2005, WDFW closed Long Beach for two days due to elevated toxin levels.

WDFW and WDOH will continue to monitor toxin levels to determine whether two proposed digs tentatively scheduled later in May will go forward.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Chinook fisheries on two sections - 8:21 a.m. 5/7/2015
Chinook fisheries on two sections
of the lower Snake River set to close

Action: Spring chinook salmon fishing closes on the Snake River below Ice Harbor and Little Goose dams, but remains unchanged in the Lower Granite and Clarkston areas.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Snake River fishery zones to close.

Below Ice Harbor Dam: Effective immediately, Snake River from the South Bound Highway 12 Bridge near Pasco upstream about 7 miles to the fishing restriction boundary below Ice Harbor Dam;
Below Little Goose Dam: Effective 1 hour after official sunset on Saturday May 9, Snake River from Texas Rapids boat launch (south side of the river upstream of the mouth of Tucannon River) to the fishing restriction boundary below Little Goose Dam. This zone includes the rock and concrete area between the juvenile bypass return pipe and Little Goose Dam along the south shoreline of the facility (includes the walkway area locally known as "the wall" in front of the juvenile collection facility);
Snake River fishery zones to remain open:

Below Lower Granite Dam: Snake River from the south shore boat launch (Ilia Boat Launch) across to the mouth of Almota Creek upstream about four miles to the restricted fishing area below Lower Granite Dam.
Clarkston: Snake River from the downstream edge of the large power lines crossing the Snake River (just upstream from West Evans Road on the south shore) upstream about 3.5 miles to the Washington state line (from the east levee of the Greenbelt boat launch in Clarkston northwest across the Snake River to the WA / ID boundary waters marker on the Whitman County shore).
Dates: Zones remaining open are open three days per week until further notice.

Area C (below Lower Granite Dam) will be open only Sunday through Tuesday each week until further notice.
Area D (near Clarkston) open Thursday, May 7, and will be open only Thursday through Saturday each week until further notice.
Daily limits: 6 hatchery chinook (adipose fin clipped), of which no more than one may be an adult chinook salmon. For all areas open for chinook salmon harvest, anglers must cease fishing when the hatchery adult limit has been retained for the day.

Possession limits: During these fisheries, possession limits for spring chinook salmon will be increased to allow three daily limits in fresh form.

Reason for action: Based on current harvest estimates, and anticipated harvest through Tuesday, May 5, an estimated 1,200 adult hatchery chinook are expected to have been harvested. Monday, May 4, the upriver spring chinook run was updated to 241,000 fish. In an effort to share fishing opportunity and harvest, the lower two fishery zones (where most harvest has occurred) will close and the upper two zones will remain open on a three day rotating basis until further notice. In an effort to promote this fishery as a destination fishing opportunity, this rule will allow anglers to possess a reasonable amount of fish during their stay.

Other information: The minimum size of any retained chinook salmon is 12 inches. Jacks are less than 24 inches long. The adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon that can be retained must have a healed scar at the location of the missing fin. All chinook salmon with the adipose fin intact, and all bull trout and steelhead, must be immediately released unharmed.

In addition: Anglers fishing for all species, in the areas open for chinook salmon, during the days of the week the salmon fishery is open in that area, must use barbless hooks. Only single point barbless hooks are allowed when fishing for sturgeon.

A night closure is in effect for salmon and sturgeon. It shall be unlawful to use any hook larger than 5/8 inch (point of hook to shank) when fishing for all species except sturgeon. Anglers cannot remove any chinook salmon or steelhead from the water unless it is retained as part of the daily bag limit.

Anglers are reminded to refer to the 2014 / 2015 Fishing in Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for other regulations, including safety closures, CLOSED WATERS, etc.

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.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Strong spring chinook run extends - 5:29 p.m. 5/5/2015
Strong spring chinook run extends
fishing below and above Bonneville

OLYMPIA - With spring chinook salmon passing Bonneville Dam in higher numbers than expected, fish managers from Washington and Oregon today agreed to extend the fishing season on the Columbia River for miles below and above the dam.

In the lower river, the fishery will reopen Saturday, May 9, for one day, and again from May 16 through June 15 from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to Beacon Rock for boat and bank anglers. Bank anglers can also fish farther upriver to the fishing boundary below Bonneville Dam.

Above the dam, the current fishery will continue for four extra days through May 10 from the Tower Island power lines to the Washington/Oregon state line, 17 miles upriver from McNary Dam. Bank anglers can also fish upriver from Bonneville Dam to the Tower Island power lines during that time.

In both sections of the mainstem Columbia River, anglers can retain one hatchery adult chinook salmon as part of their daily catch limit. Any wild salmon or steelhead with an intact adipose fin must be immediately released unharmed.

The decision to extend the fishery was based on a new annual run forecast of 241,000 adult upriver fish past Bonneville Dam - 8,500 more than originally projected, said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

"This is definitely turning out to be a great year for spring chinook fishing on the Columbia River," Roler said. "We are now confident that the run will not only meet - but exceed - the pre-season forecast, which allows us to make more fish available for the harvest."

Through May 6, the total catch by anglers from the mouth of the river to the Washington/Oregon state line is expected to reach 13,170 adult upriver fish, Roler said.

Unlike waters above Bonneville Dam, the lower river has been closed to spring chinook fishing since May 4. Roler said fishery managers agreed to open the lower river May 9 for one day, and will provide several weeks of additional fishing opportunities starting May 16 to coincide with the opening of the steelhead fishery.

"That makes sense, because it also brings the fishery up to the start of the summer chinook season on June 16," Roler said. "With this year's strong spring chinook run, anglers will be able to move from one salmon fishery to the next without skipping a beat."

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

WDFW approves four-day razor clam dig on ocean beaches - 5:32 p.m. 5/4/2015
WDFW approves four-day razor clam dig on ocean beaches

OLYMPIA - Shellfish managers have approved four days of razor clam digging starting May 7 at various ocean beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. All of the digs are scheduled on morning tides.

No digging will be allowed after noon on any beach through Saturday. However, WDFW is extending the dig on Sunday, May 10, to 1 p.m.

"We're giving diggers an extra hour to wrap things up on Sunday due to the late low tide that day," said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.

The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches, and low tides:

May 7, Thursday; 9:30 a.m., -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
May 8, Friday; 10:14 a.m., -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
May 9, Saturday; 11:03 a.m., -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
May 10, Sunday; 11:58 a.m., -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
The department has also proposed two additional digs in May, pending the results of marine toxin tests. Additional information about those tentative digs can be found on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/ .

Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2015-16 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

During all upcoming digs, state wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula, and on a section of Twin Harbors beach.

The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and "horns."

To protect these birds, the department asks that clam diggers avoid the dunes and areas of the beach with soft, dry sand. When driving to a clam-digging area, diggers should enter the beach only at designated access points and stay on the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line.

More details on how to avoid disturbing nesting birds can be found on the WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/ .

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Southwest Washington - 4:26 p.m. 5/1/2015
Southwest Washington
(Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Lewis, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties)

Fishing: The month begins with a two-day opening of the spring chinook sport fishery on the lower Columbia River on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3. High counts of spring chinook passing Bonneville Dam the previous week allowed the two states to reopen the fishery for at least two more days, said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Federal fish counters at the dam counted more than 17,000 adult spring chinook salmon April 28 and 11,000 more April 29, prompting officials to raise this year’s estimated run size to at least 220,000 upriver fish.

“That’s a lot of fish over the dam in two days, and it really helped to boost confidence in this year’s spring chinook run,” Roler said. “We’ll be watching those numbers closely in the days ahead to see if we can give anglers some additional days on the water.”

Prior to that opening, the spring chinook fishery had been closed below Bonneville Dam since April 16, at which point angler had caught 10,130 upriver fish since the season began.

As before, the anglers fishing May 2-3 can retain one hatchery adult chinook salmon as part of their daily catch limit. The area reopening to spring chinook fishing extends from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to Beacon Rock for boat and bank anglers, and to the fishing boundary below Bonneville Dam for bank anglers.

Anglers may also fish for shad and hatchery-reared steelhead when the spring chinook fishery is open. For both salmon and steelhead, wild fish with an intact adipose fin must be immediately released unharmed.

Whether or not the salmon fishery reopens later in May, anglers may retain hatchery steelhead and hatchery chinook jacks starting May 16 from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the I-5 Bridge.

Above Bonneville Dam, fishing for hatchery salmon and steelhead is currently set to run through May 6 from the Tower Island power lines to the Washington/Oregon state line, 17 miles upriver from McNary Dam. Bank anglers can also fish upriver from Bonneville Dam to the Tower Island power lines during that time.

Like those fishing below the dam, anglers fishing those waters can catch and keep one adult hatchery spring chinook as part of their catch limit.

Two new fishing rules in effect above Bonneville Dam:

•Allow anglers to possess up to four hatchery adult spring chinook salmon (four daily limits) in fresh form on the stretch of the Columbia River from The Dalles Dam upstream to the Washington/Oregon state line. This rule does not apply to fish kept while on a boat.
•Prohibit using a boat or other floating device to set lines for spring chinook and steelhead while fishing from the Washington bank when the Columbia River is open to fishing from the Tower Island power lines downstream to Bonneville Dam. Only hand-casted lines may be used.
Joe Hymer, a WDFW fish biologist, said anglers are likely to find this month’s best fishing for hatchery spring chinook in tributaries above Bonneville Dam – specifically the Wind River, Drano Lake and Klickitat River.

Under rules currently in effect as of May 1 at both Drano Lake and Wind River:

•Anglers may use barbed hooks to catch hatchery chinook and steelhead as specified in the rule change.
•Each angler aboard a vessel may deploy salmon/steelhead gear until the daily salmon/steelhead limit for all anglers aboard has been met.
•Boat anglers with a Two-Pole Endorsement may fish for salmon and steelhead with two poles.
In addition, the anti-snagging rule will be in effect on the Wind River from the Burlington-Northern Railroad Bridge upstream. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained. Also, a night closure will be in effect upstream from Shipherd Falls which opens to fishing for spring chinook and hatchery steelhead starting May 1. Above Shipherd Falls any chinook – adipose-fin clipped or not – may be retained.

Drano Lake is closed to all recreational fishing on Wednesdays through June

Meanwhile, anglers continue to reel in some nice salmon and steelhead from tributaries flowing into the lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam. Fishing has been good on the Cowlitz River for springers at the barrier dam and for hatchery steelhead near the trout hatchery. The Lewis River remains closed to spring chinook fishing, but spring chinook fishing on the Kalama River has been extended until further notice.

The North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek (located below the salmon hatchery) upstream to Merwin Dam will be closed to all fishing during the month of May.

Hymer said prospects for summer-run hatchery steelhead are also good this month on the Kalama, East Fork Lewis, North Fork Lewis, and Washougal rivers. Selective fishing rules are in effect through early June on the lower East Fork Lewis and Washougal rivers. Selective gear will also be required on the lower Green and South Fork Toutle rivers when the early hatchery steelhead season gets under way the last Saturday in May.

Rather catch sturgeon? Anglers fishing The Dalles and John Day pools can retain legal-size until the respective catch guidelines for those waters are met. Legal fish measure 43 inches to 54 inches, fork-length. All sturgeon fishing is prohibited in the spawning sanctuaries below The Dalles, John Day, and McNary dams from May through July and from May through August below Bonneville Dam.

Although the Bonneville Pool is limited to catch-and-release fishing in May, this would be a good time to begin prospecting for the upcoming retention seasons scheduled June 19-21, June 26-28, and July 3-5.

Walleye fishing has been good in The Dalles and John Day pools, and bass should start biting there and in Bonneville Pool as the water warms up.

Anglers fishing for warmwater fishing should also be aware that the 2015 Columbia River Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Fishery Program starts May 1. The program has a higher base reward ($5) and a newly revamped tier structure paying anglers up to $8 for each pikeminnow at least 9 inches in total length they catch from areas of the Columbia and Snake rivers. Specially tagged fish are worth $500. For more information call (800) 858-9015 or visit the website.

Just as soon catch some trout? Several trout streams stocked with feisty rainbows will open for fishing on the Saturday of Memorial weekend. Those waters include Canyon Creek and the upper Little White Salmon River in Skamania County, and Spring Creek in Klickitat County. WDFW is no longer planting Outlet and Bird creeks in Klickitat due to new recovery efforts under way for the Oregon spotted frog.

WDFW also will continue to stock lowland lakes with catchable-size trout. Those receiving additional plants in May include Kress and Horseshoe lakes in Cowlitz County; Battleground Lake in Clark County; Kidney Lake in Skamania County; and Spearfish and Horsethief lakes in Klickitat County. Due to the lack of snow this winter, many mountain lakes are accessible for fishing.

Anglers are reminded Swift Reservoir will not open until the first Saturday in June, as noted in the fishing pamphlet. The later opening is designed to protect downstream migrating salmon and steelhead smolts, which are part of an ongoing reintroduction program under re-licensing agreements with PacifiCorp.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Spring chinook fishery reopens - 5:48 p.m. 4/30/2015
Spring chinook fishery reopens
this weekend on lower Columbia

OLYMPIA – The popular spring chinook sport fishery on the lower Columbia River will reopen for two days – Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3 – under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

High counts of spring chinook passing Bonneville Dam over the past week allowed the two states to reopen the fishery for at least two more days, said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Federal fish counters stationed at the dam counted more than 17,000 adult spring chinook salmon on Tuesday and 11,000 more on Wednesday, prompting officials to raise this year’s estimated run size to at least 220,000 upriver fish.

“That’s a lot of fish over the dam in two days, and it really helped to boost confidence in this year’s spring chinook run,” Roler said. “We’ll be watching those numbers closely in the days ahead to see if we can give anglers some additional days on the water.”

The spring chinook fishery has been closed below Bonneville Dam since April 16, after a two-day extension and a total catch of 10,130 upriver fish in six weeks of fishing.

During the upcoming weekend, anglers can again retain one hatchery adult chinook salmon as part of their daily catch limit. The area reopening to spring chinook fishing extends from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to Beacon Rock for boat and bank anglers, and to the fishing boundary below Bonneville Dam for bank anglers.

Anglers may also fish for shad and hatchery-reared steelhead when the spring chinook fishery is open. For both salmon and steelhead, wild fish with an intact adipose fin must be immediately released unharmed.

Meanwhile, the fishery for hatchery salmon and steelhead on the mainstem Columbia River above Bonneville Dam is set to run through May 6 from the Tower Island power lines to the Washington/Oregon state line, 17 miles upriver from McNary Dam. Bank anglers can also fish upriver from Bonneville Dam to the Tower Island power lines during that time.

Like those fishing below the dam, anglers fishing those waters can catch and keep one adult hatchery spring chinook as part of their catch limit.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Two-day razor clam dig cleared - 3:08 p.m. 4/27/2015
Two-day razor clam dig cleared
to get under way May 2

OLYMPIA - Clam diggers today got a green light to proceed with a two-day razor clam dig starting May 2 at three ocean beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. All of the digs are scheduled on morning tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon.

The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches, and low tides:

May 2, Saturday; 6:23 a.m., 0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
May 3, Sunday; 6:59 a.m., -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
WDFW has also proposed additional digs in May, pending the results of future marine toxin tests. Tentative dates for those digs are posted on the department's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html .

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2015-16 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

During all upcoming digs, state wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula, and on a section of Twin Harbors beach.

The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and "horns."

To protect these birds, the department asks that clam diggers avoid the dunes and areas of the beach with soft, dry sand. When driving to a clam-digging area, diggers should enter the beach only at designated access points and stay on the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line.

More details on how to avoid disturbing nesting birds can be found on the WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

WDFW expands recreational shrimp - 3:36 p.m. 4/22/2015
WDFW expands recreational shrimp
fishery in Marine Area 7 West

OLYMPIA - Recreational spot shrimpers will have additional opportunity to catch shrimp in the western section of the San Juan Islands next month, state shellfish managers announced today.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has added 17 days in May for recreational spot shrimping in Marine Area 7 West (western San Juan Islands). The new schedule for the area is:

Marine Area 7 West: Open daily beginning May 2. The recreational spot shrimp season closes when the quota is attained or Sept. 15, whichever comes first.
The area was set to only be open 13 days in May, before re-opening daily June 1, under a previously announced schedule, said Mark O'Toole, a shellfish biologist for WDFW.

"Last year, recreational spot shrimpers didn't reach their quota in Marine Area 7 West," O'Toole said. "We decided to provide extra days in May, when the shrimp season is at its peak."

Recreational shrimp seasons for Marine Area 7 East and South, along with the rest of Puget Sound, remain unchanged.

For a description of the marine areas, as well as information on shrimp fishing seasons in other areas of Puget Sound, visit WDFW's Recreational Shrimp Fishing website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/ .

Recreational shrimp fishing gets under way May 2 in Puget Sound. Fishers are limited to 80 spot shrimp per day. A valid 2015-16 fishing license is required to participate in the fishery.

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Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Anglers may use barbed hooks at Wind River, - 3:31 p.m. 4/22/2015
Anglers may use barbed hooks at Wind River,
Drano Lake to fish for hatchery chinook and steelhead

Action: The barbless hook restriction is rescinded through June.

Species affected: Chinook and steelhead

Location and effective dates:

Wind River from mouth (boundary line markers) upstream to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls: April 24 through June 30;

Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery (except closed waters from 400 feet below to 100 feet above coffer dam): May 1 through June 30;

Drano Lake from mouth (Highway 14 Bridge) upstream to markers on point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery: April 24 through June 30.

Other information: All other permanent rules apply including only barbless hooks can be used when fishing for sturgeon.

Anglers are reminded the night closure and anti-snagging rules will be in effect at Wind River above Shipherd Falls during the spring chinook season from May through June. When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Reason for action: Implements a public proposal recently approved during the 2015 North of Falcon Process. Analysis based on recent years' sampling showed few wild salmon and steelhead are typically handled from mid-March through June. Surplus hatchery origin spring chinook are available for harvest.

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.

Noel Johnson - Woodland WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
http://www.lewisriver.

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