Action: Add barbless hook restrictions to sections of Willapa Bay tributaries where anti-snagging rules are currently in place.
- North River from Salmon Creek up to Fall River;
- South Fork Willapa River from mouth to bridge on Pehl Road;
- Naselle River from Hwy. 101 bridge to Hwy. 4 bridge;
- Bear River from mouth (Hwy. 101 bridge) to Lime Quarry Road.
Effective dates: Aug. 1 through Nov. 30, 2012, for South Fork Willapa and Naselle rivers, and Aug. 16 through Nov. 30, 2012, for Bear and North rivers.
Species affected: Salmon.
Daily limits: Daily limits for salmon are listed in WDFW’s 2012-2013 Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet.
Reason for action: All river sections listed above require the release of wild chinook and chum. Barbless hooks provide greater ease for releasing fish.
Other information: Anglers should refer to WDFW’s 2012-2013 Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet for other ongoing fishing opportunities.
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