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

July 31, 2009

Daily limit change in ocean fisheries

Action: Daily limit in ocean fisheries goes from one chinook allowed to two salmon.

Effective dates: 12:01 a.m. August 1, 2009.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Catch Record Card Areas 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Reasons for action: After one month of fishing 75% of the over-all chinook quota remains uncaught.

Other Information: Area 1 - Daily limit 2 salmon, except release wild coho.

Areas 2 - Daily limit 2 salmon, plus 1 additional pink, except release wild coho.

Area 2-1 - Open August 1 through August 15: daily limit 6 salmon, not more than two of which may be adult salmon.

Open August 16 until further notice, daily limit 6 salmon, not more than three of which may be adult salmon, of which only 2 may be Chinook. Release chum.

Area 3 - Daily limit 2 salmon, plus 2 additional pink, except release wild coho.

Area 4 - Daily limit 2 salmon, plus 2 additional pink, except release wild coho.

Beginning August 1, release Chinook east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh Line.

Beginning August 1, release chum.

Information Contact: Doug Milward, Ocean salmon fisheries manager (360) 902-2739.

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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