Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

April 6, 2016

Salmon season closes April 11 in Marine Area 9

Action: Closes fishing for salmon in Marine Area 9.

Effective Date: April 11 through April 15, 2016.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) within Puget Sound.

Reason for action: Before the salmon fishing season started, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and tribal co-managers agreed to a limited number (4,729) of chinook encounters (retaining or releasing fish) that anglers are allowed in Marine Areas 9. Preliminary estimates indicate that anglers will reach the limit for chinook encounters by April 11. WDFW is closing salmon fishing to ensure compliance with conservation objectives and agreed-to management plans.

Other information: Salmon fishing will remain open in other areas, including Marine Areas 5, 11, 12 and 13. Check the sport fishing rules pamphlet for details: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808.

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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