the lower section of the East Fork Lewis River to all fishing. The lower river
will re-open for hatchery steelhead only, under selective gear rules, April 16.
Effective dates: March
16 -- all fishing closes on the lower section of the East Fork Lewis River.
April 16 -- the lower section of the East Fork Lewis River open for hatchery
steelhead fishing only, under selective gear rules, through May 31.
East Fork Lewis River (from the mouth upstream to the top boat ramp at
Reason for action: This
rule change is an early implementation of regulatory action approved by the Fish
and Wildlife Commission for the protection of wild winter steelhead in the East
Fork Lewis River. This action is needed to protect wild fish until permanent
rules become effective. The modification provides protection for wild steelhead
smolts and spawners.
Other information: Wild
steelhead release rules and selective gear rules are in effect. Anglers are
permitted to harvest hatchery-origin (adipose or ventral-fin clipped and a
healed scar in the location of the missing fin) steelhead only. Minimum size 20
inches; daily limit two fish. Selective Gear Rules are defined on page 15 of the
WDFW 2002/03 Fishing Rules pamphlet.
Staff will continue to
closely monitor wild fish escapements to determine the need for any future
season changes. The river from the top boat ramp at Lewisville Park upstream is
closed to all fishing March 16 through May 31.
Fishers must have a
current Washington fishing license. Check the WDFW 2002/2003 "Fishing in
Washington" rules pamphlet or the Fishing section of the WDFW Web page at
for details on fishing
seasons and regulations. Fishing regulations 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
*Thanks to MS Streets &
Trips for the above map. We used their original and added a few highlights.
The Lewis River is located in SW Washington. Salmon fishing guides and Steelhead
fishing guides from Oregon and Washington fish the Lewis River from the mouth of
the Lewis River to the East fork of the Lewis River and the North fork of the