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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091


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July 05, 2007
Contact: Fish Program Customer Service, 360-902-2700

WDFW issues corrections and updates
to the Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has issued corrections and updates to the recently published 2007-2008 Fishing In Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Corrections and updates to state fishing rules are posted on the department's website at /fishing/regulations. Anglers are advised to update their copies of the 2007-08 Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet that became effective May 1.

Questions regarding the changes below should be addressed to Fish Program Customer Service desk at 360-902-2700:

New Clarification/Correction

Page 127 - Health Restrictions/Clams, Olysters and Mussels

  • Map Error: The use of the "star" and the "black dot" symbols in the map legend are incorrect.
  • Correction: Disregard the use of the two symbols in the description of the legend. The text in both lists is correct.

Previously Announced Clarifications/Corrections

Page 40 - Chehalis River (Grays Harbor Co.) from mouth (Hwy. 101 Bridge in Aberdeen) to Porter Bridge

  • Error: The SALMON seasons were incorrectly stated.
  • Correction: SALMON - Oct. 1 - Oct 31: Min size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Only 1 may be an adult CHINOOK. Release CHUM.

    SALMON - Nov. 1 - Nov. 30 - Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release adult CHINOOK and CHUM.

    SALMON - Dec 1 - Jan 31 - Min size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Only 1 may be a wild adult COHO. Release adult CHINOOK and CHUM.

Page 40 - Chehalis River (Grays Harbor Co.) from Porter Bridge to high bridge on Weyerhaeuser 1000 line approximately 400 yards downstream of Roger Creek (south of Pe Ell)
  • Error: The SALMON seasons were incorrectly stated.
  • Correction: SALMON - Oct. 1 - Oct 31, Min size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Only 1 may be an adult CHINOOK. Release CHUM.

    SALMON - Nov. 1 - Nov. 30, Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release adult CHINOOK and CHUM.

    SALMON - Dec 1 - Feb 29, Min size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release adult CHINOOK, wild adult COHO and CHUM.

Page 43 - Elk River (Grays Harbor Co.) from mouth (Hwy. 105 Bridge) to confluence of east and middle branches
  • Error: The SALMON season was incorrectly stated.
  • Correction: SALMON - Oct 1 - Nov 30, Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release adult CHINOOK and CHUM.
Page 46 - Hoquiam River and All Forks Except East Fork (Grays Harbor Co.) from mouth (Hwy. 101) to bridge on Dekay Rd. (West Fork)
  • Error: The SALMON season was incorrectly stated.
  • Correction: SALMON - Oct 1 - Nov 30, Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release adult CHINOOK and CHUM.
Page 46 - Hoquiam River, East Fork (Grays Harbor Co.) from mouth to confluence of Berryman Creek
  • Error: The SALMON season was incorrectly stated.
  • Correction: SALMON - Oct. 1 - Nov. 30, Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release adult CHINOOK and CHUM.
Page 47 - Joe Creek (Grays Harbor Co.) (Pacific Beach) from State Hwy. 109 Bridge to Ocean Beach Rd. Bridge
  • Error: The SALMON season was incorrectly stated.
  • Correction: SALMON - Sept. 1 - Nov. 30, Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release adult CHINOOK and CHUM.
Page 47 - Johns River (Grays Harbor Co.) from mouth (Hwy. 105 Bridge) to Ballon Creek
  • Error: The SALMON season was incorrectly stated.
  • Correction: SALMON - Oct. 1 - Nov. 30, Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release adult CHINOOK and CHUM.
Page 51 - Newaukum River Including South Fork (Lewis Co.) mouth to Leonard Rd. near Onalaska
  • Error: The SALMON season was incorrectly stated.
  • Correction: SALMON - Oct. 16 - Nov. 30, Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release adult CHINOOK and CHUM.

    SALMON - Dec. 1 - Feb. 29, Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release adult CHINOOK, wild adult COHO and CHUM.

Page 54 - Satsop River and East Fork (Grays Harbor Co.) from mouth to bridge at Schafer State Park
  • Error: The SALMON season was incorrectly stated.
  • Correction: SALMON - Oct. 1 - Jan. 31, Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release adult CHINOOK and CHUM.
Page 55 - Sauk River South Fork (Skagit/Snohomish Co.) above Elliott Creek
  • Error: Sauk River South Fork above Elliott Creek was listed as Satsop on top of Page 55.
  • Correction: This river should be listed as Sauk River.
Page 56 - Skookumchuck River (Thurston Co.) from mouth to 400' below outlet of PP&L/WDFW steelhead rearing pond located at the base of Skookumchuck Dam
  • Error: The SALMON seasons were incorrectly stated.
  • Correction: SALMON - Oct. 16 - Nov. 30, Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release adult CHINOOK and CHUM.

    SALMON - Dec. 1 - Feb. 29, Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release adult CHINOOK, wild adult COHO and CHUM.

Page 62 - Wishkah River (Grays Harbor Co.) from mouth to West Fork
  • Error: The SALMON season was incorrectly stated.
  • Correction: SALMON - Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release adult CHINOOK and CHUM.
Page 62 - Wishkah River (Grays Harbor Co.) from mouth of West Fork to 400' below the outlet of Wishkah rearing ponds
  • Error: The SALMON season was incorrectly stated.
  • Correction: SALMON - Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release adult CHINOOK and CHUM. Open from mouth to 200' below the weir at the Long Live the Kings/Mayr Brothers facility.
Page 62 - Wynoochee River (Grays Harbor Co.) from mouth to 7400 Line Bridge above mouth of Schafer Creek
  • Error: The SALMON season was incorrectly stated.
  • Correction: SALMON - Oct. 1 - Nov. 30, Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release adult CHINOOK and CHUM.

    SALMON - Dec. 1 - Jan. 31, Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Only 1 may be a wild adult COHO. Release adult CHINOOK and CHUM.

Page 80 - Methow River (Okanogan Co.) from mouth (Hwy 97 Bridge) to County Rd. 1535 (lower Burma Rd.) Bridge
  • Error: The CLOSED waters in this section were incorrectly stated as a longer closure (from mouth to Gold Creek).
  • Correction: This entire section of the Methow River is CLOSED.
Page 80 - Methow River (Okanogan Co.) from County Rd. 1535 (lower Burma Rd.) Bridge to Foghorn Dam (1 mile upstream of Winthrop)
  • Error: This section was incorrectly listed, and the WHITEFISH season was incorrectly stated.
  • Correction: This section should be listed as: from County Rd. 1535 (lower Burma Rd.) Bridge to Gold Creek.

    The WHITEFISH season - Dec. 1 - Jan. 31 has been removed from this section.

Page 80 - Methow River (Okanogan Co.) from Foghorn Dam to Weeman Bridge (8 miles upstream from Winthrop)
  • Error: This section was incorrectly listed, and the All Game Fish season was incorrectly stated.
  • Correction: This section should be listed as: from Gold Creek to Foghorn Dam (1 mile upstream of Winthrop)

    The All Game Fish Season has been extended to Sept. 30 in this section. The Catch-and release, and Selective gear rules still apply.

Pages 104 through 106 - 20 and 30-fathom restrictions

  • Error: References to the word "shoreward" in the 20 and 30 fathom restriction (on bottom of pages 104-105) are not correct.
  • Correction: References to the 20 and 30-fathom restriction (on bottom of pages 104-105) should read "seaward".
Page 118 -(#8 within the list) Elliott Bay Closure Waters of Elliott Bay east of a line from West Point to Alki Point, including the Duwamish Waterways upstream to the 1st Avenue South Bridge,
  • Error: Closure listed as July 1 - Aug. 22
  • Correction: Closure date July 1 - Aug. 21
Page 125 - Marine Area 13 Map
  • Error: The Capitol Lake portion of the map references the wrong Page number.
  • Correction: The regulations for Capitol Lake are on Page 63.
Page 134 - Dungeness and Red Rock Crab Seasons
  • Update: The starting date has been moved ahead for crab fishing seasons in two marine areas of Puget Sound.
  • Correction: Crab fishing in Marine Area 6 begins June 27, Wednesday through Saturday only, but open the entire Labor Day weekend (Sept. 1-3). Crab fishing in Marine Sub-Area 7 East begins July 4, Wednesday through Saturday only, but open the entire Labor Day weekend (Sept. 1-3).
Page 137 - General Gear Rules
  • Error: The last sentence of the first paragraph states: "No fisher may set, fish, or pull shellfish gear from a vessel from one hour after official sunset to one hour before official sunrise."
  • Correction: This rule only applies to Marine catch areas, and not to crawfish or freshwater shrimp fishing in fresh water. The rule should read: "No fisher may set, fish, or pull shellfish gear from a vessel from one hour after official sunset to one hour before official sunrise in marine waters.