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Spring Chinook Must be Released on Washington's Kalama River

Washington Fishing News

Action: Kalama River anglers must release all spring chinook salmon.

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Effective dates: Feb.15, 2013 until further notice.

Location: From boundary markers at the mouth upstream to the upper salmon hatchery (Kalama Falls Hatchery).

Reason for action: The spring chinook returns to the Kalama River are predicted to be below average in 2013. The expected returns are needed to provide for the hatchery escapement goals and do not provide sufficient numbers of fish for harvest. Hatchery returns will be monitored weekly to assess the strength of the returns.

Other information: Kalama spring chinook hatchery returns will be closely monitored in-season.

The Kalama River remains open to fishing for hatchery steelhead.

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.

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