Salmon and game fish re-opens in Grays Harbor tributaries on 12/14/2015

Posted by on December 11, 2015

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WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE  
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
http://wdfw.wa.gov

 

December 11, 2015

 

Opens fishing in Grays Harbor and tributaries Dec. 14, and implements changes salmon daily limit.

 

Action:

  1. Rescinds fishing closures for gamefish and salmon in Grays Harbor (Catch Area 2-2) and all tributaries.  Fishing is open only in the locations, and during the dates, listed in the 2015-16 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.
  2. Changes salmon daily limit to 1 hatchery coho in the areas open to salmon fishing. 

Effective Date: 12:01 a.m. Dec. 14, 2015.

Species affected: Salmon and gamefish.

Location: Grays Harbor Catch Area 2-2 and all tributaries.

Reason for action: Hatchery steelhead are returning to Grays Harbor tributaries.  Wild coho salmon remain well below the escapement goals necessitating release of all wild salmon.  However, historical catch data indicate that only a small percent of the recreational coho catch occurs after November and therefore the impact to wild coho will be very small with these fisheries.

Other information:  Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will continue to monitor the of the coho return.  All areas and seasons listed in the 2015-16 the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet are in affect except for changes listed above.

Information contact: Mike Scharpf, (360) 249-1205

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