Opens retention of spring Chinook on the lower Cowlitz River

Cowlitz River - (Cowlitz County)

by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Action: Opens salmon retention.

Species affected: Salmon

Effective Date and Location: May 28 through July 31, 2022. Cowlitz River, from the mouth to the posted markers below the Barrier Dam.

Rules: Salmon: Min. size 12”. Daily limit 6; up to 1 adult may be retained. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho.

Reason for action: Salmon retention on the Cowlitz River was closed at the beginning of May to help ensure the spring Chinook broodstock collection goal was achieved. Adult broodstock collection is currently on track and goals are expected to be met. Additionally, upstream transport of hatchery adults in excess of weekly broodstock collections targets is occurring for reintroduction purposes. Returns are sufficient to allow for limited salmon retention.

Additional information: All other permanent rules published in the Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet remain in effect. Fishery managers will continue to monitor spring Chinook returns to the Cowlitz River and may adjust the daily limit if conditions warrant. The posted fishing boundary markers below the Barrier Dam at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery will be remain at the standard 400-foot boundary downstream of the fish ladder entrance.

Information contact: Josua Holowatz (360) 906-6771.