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/
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.