Salmon daily limit reduced in Drano Lake

February 29, 2024

Salmon daily limit reduced in Drano Lake

Action: Reduces the adult salmon portion of the salmon and steelhead daily limit to one (1).

Effective date: March 16, 2024, until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon and steelhead.

Location: Drano Lake from waters downstream of markers on point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery and upstream of the Highway 14 bridge.

Rule: Salmon and hatchery steelhead: Daily limit two (2), including no more than one (1) adult salmon. Salmon minimum size 12 inches. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook. Release wild steelhead.

Reason for action: The preseason forecast of spring Chinook returning to Drano Lake (5,273 adults) indicates that a reduced adult salmon daily limit is needed to provide spring Chinook angling opportunity and help ensure broodstock collection goals at Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery.

Additional information: WDFW will continue to monitor the spring Chinook return with co-managers and National Fish Hatchery staff to determine if and when further fishery modification is needed.

Note: Anglers are reminded of the bank fishing only area located at the west end of Drano Lake (effective April 16 through June 30 annually). Please help maintain an orderly fishery by operating boats in a manner that avoids the bank fishing only area and boundary line while fishing.

Please refer to the Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for additional information related to Drano Lake.

Information contact: Matt Gardner, District Fish Biologist, 360-906-6746.

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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