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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091


August 14, 1997
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256

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Fishing pamphlet errs on some Grays Harbor salmon seasons

OLYMPIA -- The 1997 Fishing in Washington regulation pamphlet contains several errors regarding Grays Harbor rivers, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has cautioned salmon anglers.

The pamphlet erroneously lists as open the Elk, Johns, Hoquiam and Wishkah rivers as well as the Humptulips above Highway 101. In fact, the rivers are closed to protect weak wild coho runs expected this year.

Salmon fishing is available in the following Grays Harbor areas:

  • Grays Harbor Marine Area 2.2 (east of the Buoy 13 line): Opens Sept. 1- 30; six salmon daily limit, no more than two of which may be adults; adult coho must be released; single pointed barbless hooks required.
  • Westport Boat Basin: Open Saturday (Aug. 16) through Jan. 31; six salmon daily limit of which no more than four may be adults; night closure and non-buoyant lure restrictions in effect; barbed hooks allowed.
  • Humptulips River (mouth to Highway 101 bridge): Open Sept. 1 through Oct. 15; six salmon daily limit of which two may be adults (coho may be retained); night closure and non-buoyant lure restrictions in effect.
  • Chehalis River (from Highway 101 bridge at Aberdeen to Porter Bridge): Open Sept. 1 - 30; six salmon daily limit of which not more than two may be adults; release adult coho; single pointed barbless hooks required.
  • Wynoochee River (mouth to 7400 Line Bridge above the mouth of Schafer Creek): Open Sept. 1 through Oct. 31; six salmon daily limit of which not more than two may be adults; release adult coho; single pointed barbless hooks required.
  • Satsop River and E. Fork of Satsop (from mouth to the bridge at Schafer State Park): Open Oct. 10 through Nov. 2; six salmon daily limit of which not more than two may be adults; coho may be retained; night closure and non-buoyant lure restrictions in effect.
Adult chinook are 24 inches or more in length; adult coho are 20 inches or more in length and pink, chum and sockeye adults are at least 12 inches long.