Area 11 Salmon Season Closing This Saturday, Aug. 20

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EMERGENCY RULE-CHANGE NOTICE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Salmon season closes Aug. 20 in Marine Area 11

Action: Closes salmon fishing in Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island), excluding the fishing piers.

Effective Date:  Effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016.

WITH NO COHO SEASON AND THE LIMIT ON CHINOOK ENCOUNTERS REACHED, MARINE AREA 11 ANGLERS LIKE CHAD EVANS, HERE WITH A NICE ONE FROM THE 2011 SEASON, WILL SEE THEIR SALTWATERS CLOSED TO SALMON FISHING STARTING AUG. 20. EVANS WAS USING A SUPER BAIT OFF BROWNS POINT. (DAIWA PHOTO CONTEST)

WITH NO COHO SEASON AND THE LIMIT ON CHINOOK ENCOUNTERS REACHED, MARINE AREA 11 ANGLERS LIKE CHAD EVANS, HERE WITH A NICE ONE FROM THE 2011 SEASON, WILL SEE THEIR SALTWATERS CLOSED TO SALMON FISHING STARTING AUG. 20. EVANS WAS USING A SUPER BAIT OFF BROWNS POINT. (DAIWA PHOTO CONTEST)

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island).

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates indicate that anglers will exceed the preseason guideline for encounters – retaining or releasing fish – with legal-sized chinook in Marine Area 11. The chinook fishery is being closed to control impacts on stocks of concern and ensure compliance with conservation objectives.

Other information:  Anglers can fish for chinook in other Puget Sound marine areas, including area 7 (San Juan Islands), south of Ayock Point in area 12 (Hood Canal), area 13 (South Puget Sound), Sinclair Inlet, and Tulalip Terminal Area.

Area 11 fishing piers that remain open through Aug. 31 include Dash Point Dock, Les Davis Pier, Des Moines Pier, Redondo Pier, and Point Defiance Boathouse Dock.  Marine Area 11 is scheduled to reopen in February for chinook.

For specific regulations, anglers should consult the 2016-17 Washington Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

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