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

November 27, 2002

Hood Canal to reopen to fishing for marine fish

Actions: Hood Canal will reopen to recreational and commercial fishing for marine fish, including smelt and bottomfish.

Effective date: 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, November 30, 2002.

Location: Hood Canal (Marine Area 12).

Reason for action: Marine fish populations in Hood Canal have resumed a more normal distribution and the need for additional protection from harvest has ended.

Other information: On Oct. 21, WDFW issued an emergency rule closing fishing for fin fish (except salmon) in Hood Canal because low levels of dissolved oxygen and large numbers of fish had moved to shallow water, where oxygen levels were higher. Surveys conducted by department divers this week indicated that the fish had redistributed to more normal depths.

Information contact: Morris Barker (360) 902-2826.

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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