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Tag: Marine Areas 1-4


State allows keeping one chinook in ocean fisheries after Labor Day

Starting Labor Day, anglers fishing off the coast can again catch and keep one chinook salmon per day as part of their daily catch limit.

Fishery managers for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the change this morning, a week after saying anglers would be required to release any chinook salmon they catch in coastal waters.

Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator, said updated harvest data show that ocean catch rates slowed enough prior to Monday’s chinook closure to allow anglers to resume catching chinook salmon Monday.

“When we announced the chinook closure, harvest rates were

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Washington’s coastal chinook fishing closed beginning Monday

Perhaps it has been a case of too much of a good thing. But beginning Monday, anglers must release any chinook salmon they catch in ocean waters off the coast.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife made the rule change because anglers’ total catch of chinook salmon this summer is nearing the overall harvest quota for chinook in Washington’s ocean waters. That requires the change for marine areas 1-4, said Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator for the department.

The requirement to release chinook salmon in those waters does not affect fishing for hatchery coho or other salmon species.

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