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


May 19, 1998
Contact: Chuck Bolland, (360) 902-2255

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Rule changes and corrections noted for the 1998-99 fishing pamphlet

OLYMPIA -- Anglers should update their copies of the 1998 edition of Fishing in Washington, which became effective May 1. Rule changes and corrections are:

  • Burbot rules (pages 111, 113, 114, 116) In Cle Elum, Kachess, Palmer and Keechelus lakes, the daily limit for burbot is five.
  • Horseshoe Lakes (page 89) Horseshoe Lake in Jefferson County was omitted. The listing should read: "Last Saturday in April though October 31 season, selective gear rules, trout daily limit one." Also, omitted was a listing for Horseshoe Lake in Kitsap County which should have read, " Last Saturday in April through October 31 season, statewide rules apply."
  • Lenore Lake (page 114) Catch and release only for all game fish March 1 through May 31. From June 1 through Nov. 30 the trout daily limit is one. Area 10 fishing piers (page 32) The Elliot Bay fishing pier at Terminal 86 and the Seacrest Pier are open to fishing for salmon year around; daily limit two, no more than one chinook.
  • Shrimp heads (page 49) The "New for 1998" section incorrectly states that shrimp heads may not be removed while in the field. The rule is correctly stated in the shrimp section as follows: "Anglers in Puget Sound may remove shrimp heads while in the field, but must retain them so that size or weight limits can be verified."
Also, in the Columbia River, there have been questions about the Ringold Area Bank fishery (page 100). This fishery is limited to bank fishing only for both salmon and steelhead.

In the Stillaguamish and North Fork Stillaguamish, anglers may catch and release other game fish during the "steelhead only" openings. (page 79)

The new statewide rule for channel catfish is 12-inch minimum size, daily limit five, no more than one over 24 inches, applies only in lakes, ponds and reservoirs. If a water is listed in the lakes section of the pamphlet or is named as a lake, the rule applies. (page 54)

The opening date for the salmon fishery in the lower Chehalis River, below the Porter Bridge, was May 1 rather than May 16.

The rules in the 1998 Fishing in Washington pamphlet will remain in effect through April 30, 1999.