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

March 23, 2017

Marine Area 7 salmon season reopening March 25

Action: Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) will reopen to salmon fishing March 25. The daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon in Marine Area 7 will be one chinook, with an overall two-salmon daily limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released.

Effective Date: March 25, 2017, through April 30, 2017.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 7 within Puget Sound.

Reason for action: Test fishery data collected during March indicates there are fewer juvenile (sublegal-size) chinook salmon present in Marine Area 7 waters than in recent months. Sufficient capacity exists to re-open the fishery within the guideline of 10,248 "chinook encounters" - including both retained and released fish ? agreed to by the tribal co-managers before this year's fishery began. Temporarily closing the fishery in mid-February allowed the state time to determine a reopening date that would give anglers opportunity later into the spring.

Other information: WDFW will continue to monitor the fishery and will consult with the advisors as more information becomes available. The most recent preliminary estimates can be found at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html. Check the sport fishing rules page 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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