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

August 13, 2015

Changes to ocean salmon fishery in Neah Bay and Westport

Action:

Marine Area 4: Anglers will be allowed to retain 1 chinook as part of their salmon daily limit in Marine Area 4 for two days, Aug. 14 and 15.

Marine Area 2: Anglers will be allowed to retain 2 chinook as part of their salmon daily limit in Marine Area 2 beginning Sat. Aug.15.

Effective dates:

Marine Area 4: Aug. 14 and 15, 2015

Marine Area 2: Aug. 15, 2015

Species affected: Chinook

Location: Marine Area 4, Neah Bay and Marine Area 2, Westport

Reason for action:

Marine Area 4: The fishery still has some remainder on the chinook guideline in Neah Bay. The current daily limit is 2 salmon, plus 2 additional pink, release chinook, wild coho and chum. For two days, Aug. 14 and 15 the daily limit will change to 2 salmon only 1 of which can be a chinook plus 2 additional pink, release chum and wild coho. The bag limit will revert back to 2 salmon, plus 2 additional pink, release chinook, wild coho and chum beginning Aug.16. In accordance with previously announced rules beginning August 1 chum may not be retained and chinook may not be kept east of the Bonilla Tatoosh line.

Marine Area 2: The fishery has enough remaining on the chinook guideline in Westport to allow the bag limit to be liberalized to 2 chinook. The current daily limit is 2 salmon only 1 of which can be a chinook, release wild coho. Beginning Aug. 15 the daily limit will change to 2 salmon release wild coho.

Other information: The daily limit in Marine Area 1 will remain at 2 salmon only one of which can be a chinook, release wild coho. The daily limit in Marine Area 3 will remain at 2 salmon only one of which can be a chinook, plus 2 additional pink, release wild coho.

Information Contact: Doug Milward 360-902-2739

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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