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

January 31, 2019

Anglers limited to 1 salmon daily in Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2

Action: Reduces the daily limit for salmon to one fish.

Effective date: Feb. 2 through April 30, 2019.

Species affected: Salmon.

Locations: Marine areas 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, Skagit Bay) and 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner).

Reason for action: Based on current catch estimates, there is not sufficient salmon available to maintain the fishery through the planned season if the daily limit remains at two fish. The change to a one-salmon daily limit is needed to meet conservation objectives and increases the likelihood that the winter fishery will remain open for the entire season.

Additional information: Anglers are reminded to release all coho and wild chinook in Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2. Chinook minimum size is 22 inches.

Information contact: David Stormer, Puget Sound recreational salmon manager, (360) 902-0058.

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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