May 01, 1998
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256
Chinook fishing on part of the Chehalis opens today
OLYMPIA -- The Chehalis River from the mouth to Porter opens for chinook
salmon fishing today (May 1), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
The 1998 Fishing in Washington regulation pamphlet incorrectly says that the
above referenced portion of the Chehalis opens May 16.
The section of the Chehalis from Porter upstream to the high bridge on the
Weyerhaeuser 1000 line does open May 16, as stated in the pamphlet.
The staggered openings are designed to protect wild winter steelhead that
spawn through mid-May in the upper Chehalis.
In recent emergency regulations, WDFW also:
- Closed the Queets River system (including the Clearwater River) for spring
chinook fishing because the salmon run is below spawning goals
- Opened immediately the Quillayute and Sol Duc rivers for spring chinook. The
Dickey, Calawah and Bogachiel open July 1
- Will open the Hoh River to chinook salmon fishing on May 16. The river will be
closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for salmon fishing. Only one adult salmon is