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August 05, 2003
Contact: Tim Flint, (360) 902-2728

WDFW MEDIA ADVISORY: Selective chinook fishery in Strait to remain closed

The successful chinook selective fishery in the western Strait of Juan de Fuca (marine areas 5 and 6) will not reopen this summer, although fisheries for other salmon species will continue under a four-fish daily limit, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

An estimated 3,587 hatchery chinook were caught during the month-long fishery which is within 2½ percent of the 3,500-fish quota.

Marine areas 5 and 6 remain open through August under a four-salmon daily limit, although anglers may retain no more than two coho per day. Chinook, chum and wild coho salmon must be released. Pink salmon are now very abundant in these areas and coho salmon numbers should continue to increase as the season progresses. Anglers are reminded that the Freshwater Bay, Port Angeles Harbor and Kydaka Point closures remain in effect.

Beginning Sept.1, the daily limit for these two marine areas will go back to two salmon; chinook, chum and wild coho must still be released.

Anglers are reminded to check the 2003/2004 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for the specific regulations.