Coho salmon catch rules are changing, starting on Sunday. November first, anglers will be allowed to keep only one hatchery-reared Coho, going down from the six-fish limit currently in place. This rule changes affects the Cowlitz, the Kalama and Lewis Rivers, along with the Deep, Grays, Elochoman, Green, Tilton, Cispus and Washougal rivers, along with Mayfield Lake and Lake Scanewa. Fishery managers say that only about a third of the Coho that had been expected have returned, so some moves are needed to protect hatchery returns. Anglers will still be allowed to keep two adult salmon per day, including up to one Coho and one Chinook.
In addition, closures are going up on a number of rivers and streams in Grays Harbor County, including the Chehalis, Skookumchuck, and Newaukum rivers. Grays Harbor Catch Area 2-2 is also closing to ALL fishing, due to the slow return of the Coho. Get full details on the latest fishing rules by going to the Washington Fish and Wildlife web page.