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August 11, 2006
Contact: Tim Flint, (360) 902-2728

Chinook fishing closes Tuesday, Aug. 15
in the western Strait of Juan de Fuca

OLYMPIA – The fishery in the Strait of Juan de Fuca between Ediz Hook and the mouth of the Sekiu River will close to retention of chinook salmon effective Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 12:01 a.m., the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced.

The closure for chinook salmon does not affect fisheries for hatchery coho salmon and other species, said Tim Flint, WDFW salmon resource manager.

Immediately following the chinook closure, fishery managers will assess the season’s chinook catch to determine whether any additional chinook can be harvested under the fishery’s 3,500-fish quota, Flint said.

As of Aug. 10, anglers had caught an estimated 2,800 hatchery chinook since the fishery opened July 1 in Marine Area 5 and the western portion of Marine Area 6, Flint said.

“Catch rates for hatchery chinook have really picked up in the past couple of weeks,” Flint said. “At this rate, we expect the fishery to reach the chinook quota by the end of the day Monday.”