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

March 1, 2017

Hatchery coho salmon season continues in all of Area 13

Action: Extends Marine Area 13 (South Sound) salmon fishing.

Effective Date: March 01, 2017 until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 13

Reason for action: An emergency rule is needed to extend the opening of Marine Area 13 to the retention of hatchery coho salmon. State and tribal co-managers previously agreed to keep the area closed to wild and hatchery coho retention due to the low number of coho projected to return this year. The co-managers agree there are sufficient numbers of fish returning to southern Puget Sound to allow the retention of hatchery coho. There is insufficient time to adopt permanent rules.

Other information: This action extends the season for hatchery coho retention.

The daily limit for all of Marine Area 13 is 2 salmon, release wild chinook and wild coho. Anglers may fish with two poles if they have a Two-Pole Endorsement.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808; James Losee, (360) 902-2741.

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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