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

August 7, 2007

Hatchery chinook retention allowed August 9 in Marine Areas 5, 6 selective fishery area

Action: Allows retention of hatchery chinook in Marine Area 5 and in Marine Area 6 west of the number 2 buoy immediately east of Ediz Hook.

Effective Date: Effective 12:01 a.m. Aug. 9, 2007 through 11:59 p.m. Aug. 9, 2007.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

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

Reason for action: Estimates for the last weekend indicate that catch was lower than expected. As of Aug. 4, anglers harvested an estimated 3,870 hatchery chinook, leaving additional fish on the fishery management quota of 4,000 hatchery chinook. Not enough fish are left to open on a weekend day. The quota is expected to be reached with one additional weekday of fishing.

Other information: Both areas remain open to salmon fishing for pink, sockeye and hatchery coho. Hatchery coho salmon catches should be on the increase.

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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