THE FOLLOWING IS AN EMERGENCY RULE-CHANGE NOTICE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
Action: Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) will be closed to the retention of hatchery chinook salmon beginning Monday, July 23.
Effective date: 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 23, 2018.
Species affected: Hatchery chinook salmon.
Location: Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet), except the Edmonds Fishing Pier.
Reason for action: Preliminary estimates indicate that anglers have caught over half of the summer quota since the fishery opened July 16. The fishery will close to allow fishery managers to re-evaluate the catch after the weekend of fishing to determine how much available quota remains. Should there be sufficient catch available, WDFW will announce when the fishery will reopen to harvest the remaining quota.
Additional information: Anglers can continue to retain hatchery chinook in Marine Area 9 through the end of the day Sunday, July 22.
After Sunday, salmon fishing will remain open in Marine Area 9, where anglers can retain hatchery coho salmon as part of their two-salmon daily limit but must release chinook, chum, and wild coho. Hatchery chinook fishing remains open in all other marine areas of Puget Sound except Areas 8-1, 8-2, and Area 12 north of Ayock Point.
The Edmonds Fishing Pier will remain open to the retention of chinook as listed in the Washington Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet.
For specific regulations, anglers should consult the 2018-19 Washington Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at http: //wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.
Anglers can check WDFW’s website at https: //wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html for the latest information on marine areas that are managed to a quota or guideline.