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

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July 16, 2002
Contact: Don Noviello, (360) 902-2717

Sekiu gets additional day of chinook salmon fishing July 22, 2002

OLYMPIA Chinook salmon anglers will get an additional day of fishing opportunity in the Sekiu area on Monday, July 22, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced Tuesday.

The fishery will open at 12:01 a.m. Monday morning and close at 11:59 p.m. that evening.

Approximately 1,500 of Sekiu's 2,000-chinook quota were caught in four days of fishing from July 8-11, WDFW Fisheries Biologist Don Noviello said. The department expects anglers to snap up the remaining 500 fish during the one-day fishery.

There is a two-fish daily limit, but only one may be a chinook. Coho salmon must be fin-clipped to be retained.

Marine Area 5, which extends eastward from the Sekiu River to Low Point, near the mouth of the Elwha River, remains open to fishing for hatchery coho salmon through Sept. 30. Fishing for chinook salmon continues along much of Washington's coast, including the Neah Bay, LaPush, Westport and Ilwaco areas.

WDFW maintains a web page with a variety of information on this summer's salmon-fishing opportunities. Go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/selective/ on the Internet for updates on where the fish are biting.