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

March 17, 2016

Sport clam seasons on public tidelands

Action: The sport clam fishing seasons for 2016 will be lengthened or shifted on three public beaches based on results from population and harvest assessments:

Potlatch DNR Tidelands: Open April 1 through July 15 only.

Potlatch State Park: Open April 1 through July 15 only.

Sequim Bay State Park: Open April 1 through June 30 only.

Effective Dates: April 1, 2016 until further notice.

Species affected: All clams.

Location: Potlatch DNR Tidelands, Potlatch State Park, and Sequim Bay State Park.

Reason for action: Increases in clam biomass at Sequim Bay State Park will support a longer season. Based on projected effort and harvest, the season is being shifted for both Potlatch beaches to optimize recreational opportunity. Information contact: Philippa Kohn, WDFW Port Townsend Office, (360) 302-3030 ext. 302

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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