WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
January 9, 2017
Marine Area 9 salmon season reopening delayed
Marine Area 9 will not reopen on Jan.16, as scheduled.
Jan. 16, 2017, until further notice.
Marine Area 9 within Puget Sound, excluding year-round piers.
Reason for action:
Preliminary estimates and fishery projections indicate that reopening Jan. 16 would lead to an early closure of Area 9 by reaching the allowable limit of total chinook encounters earlier than the April 15 closure date. Delaying the opening to mid-February or early March will allow the state time to determine a reopening date that will give anglers opportunity later into the spring.
WDFW will continue to monitor the fishery and will work with sportfishing advisors to determine a reopening date that helps maximize fishing opportunity for the mark-selective chinook fishery in Area 9. Edmonds Public Fishing Pier is unaffected by this rule change and specific regulations can be found in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.
Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808