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

August 3, 2007

Chinook retention to close in Marine Areas 5 and 6

Action: Closes retention of hatchery Chinook in Areas 5 and 6.

Effective Date: Effective 12:01 a.m. Aug. 5, 2007.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Catch Record Area 5 (Sekiu) and the portion of Area 6 west of Ediz Hook at Port Angeles.

Reason for action: Estimates indicate that the Chinook quota will be harvested by the end of the day Aug. 4, 2007.

Other information: Retention of wild Chinook is already prohibited. With this regulation, all Chinook must be released in Area 5 and all of Area 6. Both areas remain open to salmon fishing for pink, sockeye, and hatchery coho. Pink salmon catches should be on the increase. Single-point barbless hooks are still required.

Information contact: Steve Thiesfeld, (360) 902-2715

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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