Spring chinook must be released on the Kalama River

Action: Kalama River anglers must release all spring chinook salmon.

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Effective dates: Feb. 17, 2014 until further notice.

Location: From boundary markers at the mouth to 1,000 feet above the fishway at the upper salmon hatchery (Kalama Falls).

Reason for action: The pre-season forecast is for a return of 500 adult spring chinook to the Kalama River in 2014. The closure is necessary to provide enough fish to meet the hatchery escapement goal of approximately 450 fish.

Other information: Kalama spring chinook returns will be closely monitored in-season.

The lower Kalama River remains open to fishing for hatchery steelhead.

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