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Chinook retention changes on Lewis, Kalama rivers

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on May 11, 2009 at 9:39 am with No Comments »
May 11, 2009 9:39 am

The state late Friday announced changes in rules regarding keeping spring chinook on the Lewis and Kalama rivers. The changes take effect today. Here are the rules, according to releases from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife:


Lewis River


Action: Lewis River anglers must release all spring chinook.


Effective dates by location: Today through July 31.


Location: Mainstem Lewis from mouth to mouth of East Fork; North Fork Lewis from mouth of East Fork to overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam


Reason for action: Pre-season, only 2,200 adult spring chinook were forecasted to return to the Lewis system this year. The hatchery adult sport daily limit was previously reduced to one fish under emergency regulation. To date, only a few dozen hatchery adult spring chinook have entered the traps on the Lewis. The hatchery escapement goal is 1,250. Based upon recent year return timing, the goal may not be met even with a reduced daily limit.


Other information: Creel sampling surveys have shown light catches and no evidence of large numbers of fish holding in the river. Hatchery returns will continue to be closely monitored.


Both the mainstem and North Fork Lewis remain open to fishing for hatchery steelhead.


Kalama River


Action: Kalama River anglers must release all spring chinook.


Effective dates: Today through July 31.


Location: From boundary markers at the mouth to the upper salmon hatchery.


Reason for action: Pre-season, only 900 adult spring chinook were forecasted to return to the Kalama River this year. The hatchery adult sport daily limit was previously reduced to one fish under emergency regulation.


Through May 6, just two hatchery adult spring chinook had returned to the salmon hatchery. The hatchery brood stock goal is 500 fish. Based upon recent year return timing, the goal may not be met even with a reduced daily limit.


Other information: Creel sampling surveys have shown light catches and no evidence of large numbers of fish holding in the river. Hatchery returns will continue to be closely monitored.



The lower Kalama remains open to the retention of hatchery steelhead.

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