Adult Chinook daily limit reduced on the Kalama River

Kalama River - (Cowlitz County)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Action: Reduces the adult salmon daily limit to 1 fish in the lower Kalama River.

Effective date: March 1, 2020 until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: From the mouth upstream to 1,000 feet below the fishway at the upper salmon hatchery (i.e. Kalama Falls Hatchery).

Reason for action: An estimated 1,000 adult spring Chinook are forecast to return to the Kalama River in 2020.  Managers need to reduce the adult salmon daily limit to ensure hatchery broodstock goals are achieved. Reducing the adult daily limit will provide continued opportunity for anglers to harvest spring Chinook and help ensure future hatchery returns. 

Additional information: The salmon daily limit remains 6 fish; up to 1 adult may be retained. Only hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained. Anglers may also fish for steelhead and retain up to 3 hatchery fish per day. 

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

More Reports

WDFW announces additional one-day smelt opening for Cowlitz River
Cowlitz River

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has approved another one-day recreational smelt fishery for Wednesday, Feb. 26. The portion...... Read More

WDFW welcomes public participation in 2020 salmon season-setting process

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is offering numerous opportunities for public participation in setting this year's salmon...... Read More