THE FOLLOWING IS AN EMERGENCY RULE-CHANGE NOTICE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
Hatchery chinook retention to reopen in Marine Area 9
Action: Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) will reopen for four days to the retention of hatchery chinook salmon.
Effective date: 12 a.m. Thursday, July 26, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 29.
Species affected: Hatchery chinook salmon.
Location: Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet).
Reason for action: The fishery was closed to hatchery chinook retention July 23 through July 25 to allow fishery managers to evaluate the catch and determine available quota.
Through Sunday, July 22, anglers had caught 79 percent of the available hatchery chinook quota. Sufficient quota is available to reopen Marine Area 9 to the retention of hatchery chinook salmon for a limited duration.
After the fishery closes at the end of Sunday, July 29, fishery managers will again evaluate catch. Should there be sufficient quota available, WDFW will announce when the fishery will reopen to hatchery chinook retention.
Additional information: The initial closure of hatchery chinook salmon retention in Marine Area 9 will remain in effect through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 25.
During this time, anglers must release both hatchery and wild chinook, chum, and wild coho, but may retain two salmon as part of the daily limit.
From July 26 through July 29, anglers fishing Marine Area 9 may keep one hatchery chinook as part of the daily limit of two salmon but must release chum, wild chinook, and wild coho.
Waters of Marine Area 9 south of a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele point will remain closed to salmon fishing through August 15.
The Edmonds Fishing Pier is not subject to the closure for hatchery chinook retention. Regulations for the pier are 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 https://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.