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Swift Reservoir to remain open for another month

J. W. Snyder NWFN




Action:  Swift Reservoir anglers will be able to fish the entire month of December.

Species affected:  Hatchery rainbows and landlocked coho and chinook salmon.

Effective dates and locations:  From Swift Dam upstream to Eagle Cliff Bridge through Dec. 31, 2015.

Reason for action:  Nearly 52,000 catchable size hatchery rainbows were released into the reservoir in late May.  Because of the drought, the boat launch was largely unusable for most of the summer resulting in low harvest rates.  The reservoir is now within 10 feet of full pool and the boat launch just recently became usable.  The fishery had been scheduled to close at the end of November. 

Other information:  Daily limit is 10 trout.  For trout, only adipose clipped rainbow trout may be retained.  All bull trout and steelhead must be released. 

Landlocked rules will also be in effect (salmon count towards the trout daily limit), however, all salmon larger than 15 inches must be released.  Salmon larger than 15 inches are anadromous fish released into the reservoir for introduction purposes. 

Selective gear rules will remain in effect from markers approximately 3/8 mile below Eagle Cliff Bridge upstream to the bridge. 

PacifiCorp is keeping the gates open at the boat ramp and the dam (bank access only at the dam) from sunrise to sunset through the end of December in support of this extended opportunity.     

For more information contact WDFW at  (360) 696-6211.  For latest information press *1010.

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