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


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May 31, 2005
Contact: Justin Secrist, (360) 902-2794

Clarifications and corrections issued for 2005-06 sportfishing rules pamphlet

OLYMPIA— Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has announced corrections and clarifications to the recently published 2005-2006 “Fishing In Washington” sport-fishing rules pamphlet.

Among the changes are recently adopted Puget Sound sport crabbing rules that were not established at the time the pamphlet was published.

The corrections, clarifications and answers to frequently asked questions may also be viewed on the fishing and shellfishing regulations section of the WDFW website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/index.jsp

Fishers should note the following changes to previously published sportfishing rules:

Page 132 – Seasons and limits for Puget Sound crab
(Puget Sound crab seasons and limits were not established at the time of pamphlet publication.)

Correction: Limits-The Dungeness crab daily limit is five male crab with a 6¼ -inch minimum in Marine Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line and marine areas 5 through 13. The daily limit for red rock crab is six crab, with a 5-inch minimum size, either sex. Seasons- Marine areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu) and 13 (south Puget Sound) will open June 18, seven days per week, and will close February 28, 2006, or when the harvest share is reached, whichever comes first. Marine areas 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 South (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass to East Point), 8-2 (East Point to Possession Point), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 10 (Seattle/Bremerton), 11 (Tacoma/Vashon) and 12 (Hood Canal) will open July 1, Wednesdays through Saturdays, plus the entire Labor Day weekend, before closing the evening of Sept. 5 for a catch assessment. Marine Area 7 East (Anacortes to Bellingham) will open July 16, Wednesdays through Saturdays, plus the entire Labor Day weekend, closing for a catch assessment Sept. 30. Marine Area 7 North (Bellingham to Point Roberts) will open Aug. 17, Wednesdays through Saturdays, plus the entire Labor Day weekend, closing for a catch assessment Sept. 30.

Page 132— Catch record card and endorsement clarification:
Error: The first sentence at the top of the crab rules page incorrectly implies that a catch record card and endorsement is required to fish for Dungeness crab, statewide.
Correction: The endorsement requirement is for Puget Sound only. The catch record card is required for all Washington sport crabbing.

Page 47 – Naselle River (Pacific Co.) from the Highway 4 Bridge to the Crown Mainline (Salme) Bridge:
Error: Language in the pamphlet currently suggests that the area is closed at all times, but the area is closed only from July 16 – Oct. 15.
Correction: CLOSED WATERS - from the falls in Sec. 6, T 10N, R8W (Wahkiakum Co.) downstream 400 feet. Waters from 200 feet upstream of the Naselle Salmon Hatchery water-supply intake barrier to 400 feet downstream of the entrance to adult attraction channel are closed July 16 - Oct. 15.

Page 53 - Skokomish River (Mason Co.) from mouth to Hwy. 101 Bridge:
Error: The Aug. 1- Aug. 31 season wasomitted for all game fish.
Correction: All game fish open June 1- Feb. 28 to catch-and-release fishing, except up to two hatchery steelhead may be retained.

Page 55 – Stillaguamish River, North Fork (Snohomish Co.)
Error: Fly fishing only omitted from the May 1-Nov. 30 season.
Correction: The all-game fish season from May 1- Nov. 30 is for fly fishing only.

Page 111 – Area 8-1 Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay
Error: The 22-inch minimum size limit for chinook was omitted from the rules for the Oct. 1-Apr. 30 season.
Correction: Oct. 1-Apr. 30, chinook minimum size 22 inches. Other salmon species—no minimum size. Daily limit two fish (combined). Release wild chinook. Handling rule in effect for wild chinook.

Page 135 – Half-inch square peg requirement for shrimp pots
Error: The pamphlet states starting June 1, there is a half-inch minimum mesh size for all shrimp pots (a half-inch square peg must be able to pass through each mesh opening).
Correction: There is no requirement for a half-inch square peg to pass through mesh size opening after May.