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CHANGES IN PUGET SOUND SUMMER SALMON FISHERIES FOR 2019

posted by Mike on 05/30/2019

WDFW lists changes in Puget Sound summer salmon fisheries for 2019

OLYMPIA – As anglers plan their summer fishing trips, they should be aware of some changes to Puget Sound salmon seasons as compared to recent years.

Projected low returns of several stocks of wild chinook salmon this year prompted fishery managers to restrict salmon seasons in several Puget Sound marine areas, said Kyle Adicks, salmon policy lead for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

"Anglers should expect shorter chinook salmon fishing seasons in several Puget Sound marine areas," Adicks said. "We want to make sure anglers have plenty of notice about changes to some of the popular chinook salmon fisheries in Puget Sound."

The department outlined many of the changes in mid-April in an announcement about the 2019-20 salmon seasons. That news release can be found online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/news/washingtons-salmon-fisheries-set-2019-20.

Significant changes planned for 2019-20 include:

  • Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands): Closed to salmon fishing in August.
  • Marine Area 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner): Scheduled to open to fishing for hatchery coho Aug. 16-Sept. 15 only in the area south and west of the Clinton/Mukilteo line. The rest of the marine area will remain closed to salmon fishing.
  • Tulalip Bay Special Area Will be closed to salmon fishing Saturday, June 15 for a tribal salmon ceremony.
  • Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet): Opens Thursday, July 25, to fishing for hatchery chinook salmon. WDFW intends to close the area to chinook salmon fishing beginning Monday, July 29, to determine how much quota remains. Any subsequent openings will be announced on WDFW's website.
  • Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) Opens Saturday, June 1 to fishing for coho salmon. Hatchery chinook salmon fishing starts on Thursday, July 25 and is scheduled to be open through August 31 or until the quota is achieved.
  • Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island): Will not open to salmon fishing on June 1, as listed in the 2018-19 pamphlet. The area is scheduled to open to salmon fishing July 1. In order to maximize opportunity for chinook, boat fishing will be open five days per week (Saturday through Wednesday) while shoreline fishing will be open daily.

While some chinook seasons may be shorter, coho fishing in Puget Sound should be better given the higher number of coho forecasted to return compared to recent years, Adicks said.

Additional details on salmon fisheries will be available in the 2019-20 Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet, which will be available online (https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations) in a few weeks and at license dealers mid-June.

Before heading out, anglers should check WDFW’s website (https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/) for emergency fishing regulations or to download the agency's mobile fishing app. More information about the Fish Washington app is available online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/app.

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