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

August 11, 2016

Anglers can keep 2 chinook in Marine Area 1 beginning Aug. 16

Action: Anglers will be allowed to keep two chinook daily as part of their two salmon daily limit in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco). Anglers must release wild coho.

Effective Dates: August 16, 2016

Species affected: Chinook

Locations: Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco)

Reason for action: The fishery has enough chinook remaining under the guideline for Marine Area 1 to allow anglers to retain two chinook daily without much risk of having to close early. The current limit is two salmon, one of which can be a chinook, release wild coho.

Other information: The changes announced today do not affect ocean salmon fisheries off Westport (Marine Area 2), La Push (Marine Area 3), or Neah Bay (Marine Area 4). The daily limits in Marine Areas 2, 3 and 4 will remain at two salmon. Anglers must release coho in all three areas and must release chum in Marine Area 4.

Marine Area 1 is scheduled to close Aug. 31 while marine areas 2, 3 and 4 are scheduled to close Aug. 21. Fisheries may close sooner than scheduled if the quota is met.

Information Contact: Wendy Beeghley, 360-249-1215

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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