WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
December 11, 2015
Opens fishing in Grays Harbor and tributaries Dec. 14, and implements changes salmon daily limit.
- 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.
- 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