Cowlitz River salmon fisheries return to permanent rules

July 3, 2024

Action: Restores the salmon angling rules for the lower Cowlitz River to those in the 2024-25 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet

Effective date: July 4, 2024.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Cowlitz River from the mouth to the boundary signs approximately 400 feet below the Barrier Dam.

Reason for action: The adult salmon daily limit on the Cowlitz River was reduced earlier in the year to help ensure that the Cowlitz spring Chinook broodstock collection goal was achieved. Hatchery managers have expressed confidence that brood collection goals will be met, therefore a reduced daily limit is no longer needed.

Additional information: Anglers are reminded to check the 2024-25 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for additional information.

Information contact: Josua Holowatz, District Fish Biologist, 360-906-6771.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on definitions 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 toll free 866-880-5431.

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