Effective dates: July 1 through July 31, 2015
Species affected: Hatchery salmon, hatchery steelhead, and hatchery sea run cutthroats
Location: From Lexington Drive Bridge (Sparks Road Bridge) upstream to 400 feet or posted markers below the barrier dam.
Reason for action: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted this proposal during the recent 2015-2016 permanent fishing rule process. It was modified from the original proposal that used the mouth of the river as the lower boundary. The modified boundary was inadvertently left out of the new sportfishing pamphlet,
Other information: This regulation focuses on the harvest of surplus Cowlitz River hatchery summer run steelhead. However, steelhead from outside the basin can be found taking advantage of the cooler water temperatures of the lower Cowlitz. Barbless hooks are still required downstream from the Lexington Drive Bridge for easier release of wild fish destined to areas outside the Cowlitz.
Beginning in 2016, per permanent regulations, barbed hooks may be used from the Lexington Drive Bridge upstream to the barrier dam during the months of June and July. However, barbless hooks are still required upstream of the Lexington Drive Bridge August through May. Barbless hooks are also required for sturgeon at all times.
Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.
Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons 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 (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.