Daily limit of 4 chinook starting July 1 south of Ayock in Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal)


June 14, 2017

Daily limit of 4 chinook starting July 1 south of Ayock in Marine Area 12

Action: Anglers can keep 4 chinook daily south of Ayock Point in Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) beginning July 1.

Effective Date: July 1 through Sept. 30, 2017.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: South of Ayock Point within Marine Area 12.

Reason for action: State and tribal fishery managers agreed to a four-chinook limit for this area during the annual season-setting process this spring. This corrects the limit listed in the 2017/18 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Other information: Daily limit of 4 salmon, with a chinook minimum size limit of 20 inches. Release chum and wild chinook. Anglers may fish with two poles with a Two-Pole Endorsement. All waters within channels created by exposed tidelands are closed to salmon fishing at the Skokomish River mouth.

Other rules for waters south of Ayock Point remain unchanged, including Hoodsport Hatchery Zone. Check the sport fishing rules page for details on other fisheries: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/

Information contact: Mark Baltzell, (360) 902-2807, or Mark Downen, (360) 202-7005.


Spring chinook must be released on the Lewis River



Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

March 1, 2016

Spring chinook must be released on the Lewis River

Action:  Anglers must release all chinook salmon. 

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Effective date: March 10, 2016 until further notice. 

Location: Lewis River from the mouth upstream to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam.

Reason for action: The pre-season forecast is for a return of 1,100 adult spring chinook to the Lewis River in 2016 compared to a hatchery escapement goal of approximately 1,350 fish. The closure is necessary to provide the hatchery with as many returning fish as possible to minimize the shortfall.

Other information:  Lewis River spring chinook returns will be closely monitored in-season and adjustments to these regulations may be made if information shows more spring chinook returning than expected. 

Lewis River will remain open to fishing for hatchery steelhead, except that Johnson Creek upstream to Merwin Dam will be closed to all fishing May 1-May 31. Under permanent rules, fishing for hatchery steelhead and other gamefish will re-open from Johnson Creek upstream beginning June 1 or earlier if in-season information shows the hatchery will meet its spring chinook escapement goal.

Information contact:  (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

Salmon fishing will close at Hoodsport Hatchery Zone 9/08/2015

Action: Close salmon fishing in the Hoodsport Hatchery Zone, excluding the fishing platform for persons with disabilities.

Effective Date: Sept. 8, 2015, until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Hoodsport Hatchery Zone waters within a 2,000 foot arc seaward of the yellow marker buoys at the mouth of Finch Creek.

Reason for action: Chinook broodstock collection efforts at the Hoodsport Hatchery are well behind the goal (~2,000). As of Sept. 3, only 1,080 chinook broodstock have been trapped at the hatchery. The closure of the salmon fishery contained within the Hoodsport Hatchery Zone will work in conjunction with a tribal fishery closure to fulfill broodstock collection requirements. The salmon fishery may reopen if broodstock collection efforts indicate the goal will be met.

Other information: Hoodsport ADA-accessible handicap fishing platform remains open to anglers with disabilities following the same regulations for the Hoodsport Hatchery Zone regulations found in the sport fishing rules pamphlet. Other waters in Marine Area 12 remain unaffected by this rule change.

Information contact: Mark Downen, (360) 202-7005.