Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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August 11, 2016

Catch limit increases to 2 chinook per day in Marine Area 10

Action: Increases the daily limit for hatchery chinook to two fish in Marine Area 10, excluding Sinclair Inlet and fishing piers.

Effective date: 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton Area).

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates indicate that anglers had caught 709 fish, or 50 percent, of the chinook quota of 1,395 fish for Marine Area 10. WDFW anticipates that sufficient quota remains to allow the fishery to run through Aug. 15 as scheduled and to allow for an increase in the daily limit to two hatchery chinook. The changes to the chinook fishery are in compliance with conservation objectives and agreed-to management plans.

Other information: The catch estimates and quotas for Marine Area 10 can be found at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html.

Marine Area 10 is scheduled to close Aug. 16 and will reopen Nov. 1 for chinook. Sinclair Inlet will remain open through Sept. 30. Fishing piers located in Area 10 (Elliott Bay Fishing Pier at Terminal 86 and Seacrest Pier) are open through Aug. 31 and will reopen Nov. 1. Fishing piers located in Sinclair Inlet (Waterman Pier, Bremerton Boardwalk and Illahee State Park) are open year-round.

For specific regulations, anglers should consult the 2016-17 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at 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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