Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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April 29, 2004

Lingcod will not open May 1 in Hood Canal (Marine Area 12)

Action: The season for recreational lingcod will not open on May 1, 2004, as previously scheduled.

Effective Date: May 1 through June 15, 2004

Species affected: Lingcod

Location: Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal south of the Hood Canal Bridge).

Reason for action: Levels of dissolved oxygen are at very low levels in Hood Canal and are detrimental to fish health. An emergency order in February 2004 closed recreational fishing for bottomfish, other than lingcod in Hood Canal. This emergency closure is needed to prevent additional stress mortality to the lingcod during the period of adverse water conditions

Information contact: Greg Bargmann (360) 902-2825

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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