Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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December 16, 2004

Sport clam season to open at West Dewatto

Action: The sport clam-fishing season at West Dewatto (DNR 44-A) will open January 1, 2005 through April 15, 2005.

Effective date: January 1, 2005 through April 15, 2005.

Species affected: All clams, except razor clams.

Location: West Dewatto (DNR 44-A), located in Mason County on the east side of Hood Canal.

Reason for action: West Dewatto (DNR 44-A) was closed to sport clam harvest in 2004 due to a reduced clam population. Recent surveys indicate an increased clam population that will allow this beach to open January 1 through April 15, 2005. The beach will remain open year-round for oyster harvest.

Information contact: Camille Speck, WDFW Point Whitney Shellfish Laboratory, (360) 586-1498, ext. 234.

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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