Species affected: Chinook salmon
Effective date and locations: March 1, 2015, until further notice.
Mainstem Lewis River from mouth to mouth of East Fork;
North Fork Lewis River from mouth of East Fork to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam.
Reason for action: The pre-season forecast is for a return of 1,100 adult spring chinook to the Lewis River in 2015. This is less than the number needed to meet the hatchery escapement goal of approximately 1,350 fish.
Other information: Hatchery returns will be closely monitored in-season.
The mainstem Lewis River and North Fork Lewis River will remain open to fishing for hatchery steelhead. Under permanent rules, the North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek upstream will be closed to all fishing during the month of May.
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.