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November 25, 1998
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256

Cowlitz opens Thanksgiving to retention of unclipped coho

VANCOUVER—Cowlitz River anglers may keep adult coho with adipose fins as well as those that have been clipped as of 12:01 a.m. tomorrow (Nov. 26), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

Normally, coho with adipose fins are wild. WDFW hatcheries mark their young coho by clipping their adipose fins. But only 60 percent of the hatchery fish now appearing in the Cowlitz as adults were clipped as juveniles.

Because the Cowlitz Hatchery has taken the fish it needs for egg production, as of tomorrow anglers may keep any adult coho. Few wild coho are expected to be taken in the fishery.

Adult coho are 20 inches or longer. The daily limit is six coho, of which two may be adults.

The Cowlitz is open to coho fishing from boundary markers at the mouth upstream to 400 feet below the barrier dam. The fishery will remain open until further notice.

All chinook and chum must be released.