Marine Area 10 To Close For Chinook - Last Day Thursday, August 7th
We will reach our impacts on Chinook in Marine Area 10 tomorrow at midnight August 7th and the area will close for the retention of Chinook. With the poor Chinook fishing that we have had since it opened we have taken a lot longer to reach our impact numbers this season. I would have bet money that we would have only had a week to ten days of fishing before the season closed. Marine Area 9 looks as if we may make it through August 15 (published closing date) with the way the numbers are playing out.
For those of you that want to fish Chinook in Area10 tomorrow (the last day) you might give the Richmond Beach Oil Docks down to Boeing Creek a try as we had very good reports coming from that area this morning. We had a number of folks in this AM that had their limits in that area and all said that they was good numbers of fish being landed by other boats around them.
Don't get too upset with the Chinook closures as we are starting to see the first of our ocean Coho showing in the local catches and it sould ramp up over the next few weeks. The number of Coho being caught at Seiku are steadily increasing which means they are on their way.
Here's the offical notice from WDFW!
Chinook harvest closes in Marine Area 10
Action: Closes harvest of hatchery chinook in Area 10, except at Sinclair Inlet and year-round fishing piers.
Effective Date: 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, through 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.
Species affected: Chinook salmon.
Location: Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton), except Sinclair Inlet, Elliott Bay Fishing Pier at Terminal 86, Seacrest Pier, Waterman Pier, Bremerton Boardwalk, and Illahee State Park Pier.
Reason for action: Preliminary estimates indicate that landed catch of chinook will meet the preseason expectations. The chinook fishery is closed to control impacts on stocks of concern and ensure compliance with conservation objectives and agreed-to management plans.
Other information: Daily limit remains at 2 salmon. Release chinook and chum. Shilshole Bay remains closed. Elliott Bay remains closed, except for the specified Elliott Bay Fishery. Anglers should consult the Fishing in Washington, Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations for Sinclair Inlet, Elliott Bay Fishery, and year-round fishing piers.
Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808