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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

There are many regulation changes and fishing options in southwest Washington coming up next month

Here is a list of what anglers can expect in southwest Washington areas beginning in August:

Grays from mouth to South Fork and West Fork from mouth to hatchery intake/footbridge – The salmon daily limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult Chinook. Release wild coho, wild Chinook, and chum. All Chinook must be adipose and/or ventral fin clipped to be retained. Night closure, anti-snagging rule, and stationary gear restrictions will be in effect.

Elochoman River from mouth to West Fork – The salmon daily limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult Chinook. Release wild coho, wild Chinook, and chum. Night closure, anti-snagging rule, and stationary gear restrictions will be in effect.

Deep River from mouth to town bridge – Beginning August 1, the salmon daily limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult Chinook. Release wild coho and chum.

Toutle River from mouth to Forks and North Fork Toutle from mouth to posted deadline downstream of the fish collection facility – The salmon daily limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult Chinook. Release wild coho, wild Chinook and chum.

Green River from mouth to 2800 Road Bridge – The salmon daily limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult Chinook. Release wild coho, wild Chinook, and chum.

Cowlitz River from the mouth to 400′ or posted markers below the barrier dam – The salmon daily limit will be six fish no more than 2 adult Chinook. Release all salmon except hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho.

Cowlitz River from posted PUD sign on Peters Road to the mouth of the Ohanepecosh and Muddy Fork – The salmon daily limit will be six fish no more than 2 adult Chinook. Release wild coho. New for 2012: Release wild Chinook.

Lake Scanewa (Cowlitz Falls Reservoir) – The salmon daily limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult Chinook. Release wild coho. New for 2012: Release wild Chinook.

Cispus River from mouth to North Fork- The salmon daily limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult Chinook. Release wild coho. New for 2012: Release wild Chinook.

Tilton River from mouth to West Fork – The salmon daily limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult Chinook. Release wild coho. New for 2012: Release wild Chinook.

Kalama River from boundary markers at mouth to 1,000′ below fishway at upper salmon hatchery – The salmon daily limit will be six fish no more than 2 adult Chinook. Release all salmon except hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho.

Lewis River from mouth to mouth of East Fork and North Fork from mouth to overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam – The salmon daily limit will be six fish no more than 2 adult Chinook. Release all salmon except hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho. Note: Beginning in mid September, any Chinook (adipose fin clipped or not) may be retained on the North Fork Lewis.

Washougal River from mouth to bridge at Salmon Falls – The salmon daily limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult Chinook. Release wild coho, wild Chinook and chum.

Wind River from the mouth (boundary line markers) to 400′ below Shipherd Falls – The salmon daily limit will be 6 salmon of which no more than 2 may be adults. Release wild Chinook and wild coho. Anti-snagging rule will be in effect. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Drano Lake – The salmon daily limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults. Anti-snagging rule will be in effect. New for 2012: Any Chinook and any coho may be retained, adipose fin clipped or not.

White Salmon River from mouth to county road bridge below the powerhouse – The salmon daily limit will be 6 salmon of which no more than 2 may be adults. Release wild Chinook and wild coho. Anti-snagging rule will be in effect.

Klickitat River from mouth to boundary markers below salmon hatchery – The salmon daily limit will be 6 salmon of which no more than 2 may be adult chinook. From mouth to Fisher Hill bridge, night closure and anti-snagging rule will be in effect. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Buoy 10- Will be open for Chinook (adipose fin clipped or not), hatchery coho, and hatchery steelhead Aug. 1 -Sept. 3. Anglers will have a two-salmonid daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook. Barbed hooks may be used.

North Jetty – Open 7 days per week when Marine Area 1 or Buoy 10 areas are open for salmon. The daily limit and minimum size restrictions follow the most liberal of either of these areas. New for 2012: Barbed hooks may be used.

The mainstem Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam – Open for Chinook (adipose fin clipped or not), hatchery coho, and hatchery steelhead Aug. 1-Dec. 31. Anglers will be allowed to retain one adult Chinook as part of their two adult salmonid daily limit through Sept. 9. Beginning Sept. 10, Chinook retention will only be allowed upstream of the Lewis River, but up to two adult Chinook may be retained. Up to 2 adult Chinook may be retained downstream of the Lewis beginning October 1.

Camas Slough – New for 2012: Effective August 1, anglers with a Two Pole Endorsement may fish with two poles.

Bonneville Dam to Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco – Open for any Chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained Aug. 1-Dec. 31. Daily limit 6 salmonids of which no more than 2 may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Release all salmon other than Chinook and coho. Release wild coho from Bonneville Dam to the Hood River Bridge. Anti-snagging rule for salmon and steelhead will be in effect from Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam.

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