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

March 10, 2004

Sport Clam season opened at Potlatch State Park, Potlatch East and Potlatch DNR Tidelands

Action: The sport clam fishing season at Potlatch State Park, Potlatch East, and Potlatch DNR Tidelands is opened April 1, 2004 through June 15, 2004.

Effective date: April 1, 2004 through June 15, 2004.

Species affected: All clams, except razor clams.

Location: Potlatch State Park, Potlatch East and Potlatch DNR Tidelands in Mason County.

Reason for action: All three Potlatch beaches were closed to sport clam harvest in 2003 to compensate for over-harvest in 2002 and a reduced clam population. Surveys indicate an increased clam population, which will allow these beaches to re-open for recreational clam digging April 1.

Information contact: Alex Bradbury, WDFW Point Whitney Shellfish Laboratory, (360) 586-1498, ext. 208.

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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