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

October 28, 2015

Fishing to close in Grays Harbor and all tributaries

Action:

(1) Grays Harbor Catch Area 2-2 and all tributaries: Closed to all fishing.

(2) The following rivers and their tributaries: Humptulips, Hoquiam, Wishkah, Chehalis, Wynoochee, Satsop, Black, Skookumchuck, Newaukum, Johns and Elk rivers, and Van Winkle Creek: Closed to all fishing.

Effective Date: Oct. 30, 2015, until further notice.

Species affected: All species.

Location: Grays Harbor catch area 2-2, Humptulips, Hoquiam, Wishkah, Chehalis, Wynoochee, Satsop, Black, Skookumchuck, Newaukum, Johns and Elk rivers, Van Winkle Creek, and their tributaries.

Reason for action: In-season run size assessments conducted by WDFW indicate that coho run sizes are significantly below pre-season forecasts. Conservation objectives may not be achieved for coho if this action is not taken.

Other information: WDFW will continue to monitor the progress of the Grays Harbor coho run.

Information contact: Mike Scharpf, (360) 249-1205.

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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