Action: Lewis River anglers must release all spring chinook; North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek upstream to close to all fishing.
Species affected: Chinook salmon
Effective date and locations: Feb. 17, 2014
Until further notice, all chinook must be released on main-stem Lewis River from mouth to mouth of East Fork.
Until further notice, all chinook must be released on the North Fork Lewis River from mouth of the East Fork to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam.
Through May 31, 2014, fishing is closed to all angling on the North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek (located downstream from the Lewis River Salmon Hatchery) upstream to Merwin Dam.
Reason for action: The pre-season forecast is for a return of 1,100 adult spring chinook to the Lewis in 2014. The closure is necessary to provide enough fish to meet the hatchery escapement goal of approximately 1,350 fish.
Other information: Lewis spring chinook returns will be closely monitored in-season.
The main-stem Lewis River and North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek downstream remain open to fishing for hatchery steelhead. The North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek upstream will reopen to fishing for hatchery steelhead June 1.