Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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August 17, 2017

Ocean salmon fishery off Ilwaco and Westport to close early

Action: Close Marine Areas 1 (Ilwaco) and 2 (Westport) to salmon fishing.

Effective Dates: 11:59 PM, Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017

Species affected: All salmon.

Locations: Marine Areas 1 (Ilwaco) and 2 (Westport), Cape Falcon, Oregon to Queets River, Washington.

Reason for action: Estimates indicate that anglers will reach quotas for coho salmon by the end of the day Tuesday. Closing the salmon fishery early will help ensure compliance with conservation requirements.

Other information: Recreational fisheries will have reached their pre-season coho quotas in the Ilwaco and Westport areas prior to Tuesday, but were able to remain open longer due to transfers of quota by the commercial troll fishery to the recreational fishery. Marine Areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) and the Buoy 10 fishery at the mouth of the Columbia remain open as scheduled.

Information Contact: Wendy Beeghley, WDFW Ocean Salmon Manager, 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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