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

November 30, 2015

Salmon season on the Sol Duc River extended through Dec. 15 to allow retention of hatchery coho

Action: Salmon retention in the sport fishery on the Sol Duc River is scheduled to end Nov. 30. This action extends the salmon season to allow harvest of hatchery coho on the Sol Duc River through Dec. 15. The daily bag limit for salmon during this period will be: minimum size 14 inches; daily limit 2 hatchery coho (marked with a clipped adipose fin); release all wild coho, chinook, and wild steelhead.

Effective date: Dec.1 through Dec.15, 2015.

Species affected: Returning hatchery fall coho.

Location: The Sol Duc River downstream of the hatchery.

Reason for action: Coho broodstock needs at the Sol Duc Hatchery have been met, and a late push of coho up the Sol Duc River has resulted in surplus hatchery (adipose fin clipped) coho in the Sol Duc River below the hatchery. The Sol Duc is open for trout and steelhead fishing, and this action allows anglers to retain hatchery coho through Dec. 15. On Dec, 16, the regulations will revert to those indicated in the 2015/16 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for the Sol Duc River.

Information contact: Mike Gross, District 16 fish biologist, (360) 249-1210.

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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