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August 07, 2007
Contact: Steve Thiesfeld, (360) 902-2715

Hatchery chinook salmon fishing reopens
for one day in western Strait of Juan de Fuca

OLYMPIA – Chinook salmon anglers will have an additional day of fishing in the western Strait of Juan de Fuca on Thursday, Aug. 9, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

The mark-selective fishery for hatchery chinook, which closed Sunday for a catch assessment, will reopen at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning and close again at 11:59 p.m. that evening.

As of Aug. 4, anglers harvested an estimated 3,870 hatchery chinook since the fishery opened July 1 in Marine Area 5 and the western portion of Marine Area 6, said Steve Thiesfeld, Puget Sound recreational salmon manager for WDFW. The chinook quota for those areas is 4,000 fish.

“Catch estimates indicate that anglers can fish another weekday without exceeding the quota,” said Thiesfeld. “There are still some nice hatchery fish out there waiting to be caught.”

Anglers fishing Marine Area 5 and the western portion of Marine Area 6 must release any wild chinook, wild coho or chum salmon they intercept. Hatchery fish, which are marked with a clipped adipose fin, and pink salmon may be retained.