THE FOLLOWING IS A RULE CHANGE NOTICE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
Neah Bay (Marine Area 4) salmon fishing set to reopen
Action: Opens salmon seasons.
Species affected: Salmon.
Location: Marine Area 4.
Effective Dates and Rules west of Bonilla-Tatoosh line:
Immediately, through July 24, 2022: Closed
July 25 through July 31: Daily limit 2; including no more than 1 Chinook. Chinook min. size 24”. Coho min. size 16”. Other salmon species no min. size. Release wild coho.
Aug. 1 through Sept. 30: Daily limit 2; including no more than 1 Chinook. Chinook min. size 24”. Coho min. size 16”. Other salmon species no min. size. Release wild coho and chum.
Effective dates and Rules east of Bonilla-Tatoosh line:
Immediately, through July 31: Closed.
Aug. 1 through Sept. 30: Daily limit 2. Coho min. size 16”. Other salmon species no min. size. Release Chinook, wild coho and chum.
Reason for action: Sufficient quota remains to reopen Neah Bay to fishing for Chinook and coho in late July. Waters east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line will remain closed until August 1 to limit Chinook catch and help ensure that the fishery remains within its Chinook guideline for the remainder of the season. When the waters East of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line reopen, Chinook retention will not be allowed in that area, consistent with the pre-season fishing plan.
Additional information: The catch quotas for recreational fisheries North of Cape Falcon in 2022 are 27,000 Chinook and 168,000 marked coho, with an Area 4 Chinook guideline of 6,110 and Area 4 coho quota of 17,470.
Marine Areas 1 through 4 are scheduled to close September 30, but areas could close earlier if quotas are met.
To be informed of fishery rule changes as they are announced, anglers are encouraged to sign up for WDFW rule update emails at wdfw.wa.gov/about/lists.