Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

August 17, 2012

Chinook harvest closes after Aug. 19 in Marine Area 10

Action: Closes harvest of hatchery chinook in Area 10, except Sinclair Inlet, and specifically identified fishing piers. Elliot Bay and Shilshole Bay remain closed to salmon fishing.

Effective Date: Effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Marine Area 10 (Bremerton/Seattle), except Inner Elliott Bay Fishery, Sinclair Inlet Fishery, Elliott Bay Fishing Pier, Seacrest Pier, Waterman Pier, Bremerton Boardwalk, and Illahee State Park Pier.

Reason for action: Estimates indicate that encounters with wild (unmarked) chinook have exceeded the preseason expectations which were set to ensure compliance with conservation objectives and agreed-to management plans.

Other information: Area 10 remains open to salmon fishing for coho, pink, and sockeye. Release chinook and chum. Elliot Bay and Shilshole Bay remain closed to salmon fishing. Sinclair Inlet, Edmonds, Elliott Bay Fishing Pier, Seacrest Pier, Waterman Pier, Bremerton Boardwalk, and Illahee State Park Pier are regulated under separate rules. Anglers should consult the Fishing in Washington, Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations in those areas.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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