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

July 18, 1997
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256, Margaret Ainscough, (360) 902-2408

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Tribal pink salmon fishing open at Hoodsport Hatchery

HOODSPORT -- The Skokomish Tribe will conduct a two-day beach seine fishery for pink salmon July 21 and July 23 in front of Hoodsport Hatchery on Hood Canal.

Fishing will occur from noon to 7 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Healthy numbers of pink salmon have been returning to the hatchery. Decisions will be made on a weekly basis whether to extend the fishery.

In other activity at the hatchery, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Skokomish Tribe will cooperate in taking fall chinook caught by beach seine fishers into the hatchery for spawning. Hood Canal is closed to the taking of adult chinook this year because the run is expected to return at inadequate levels for spawning needs.

Hood Canal is open for coho salmon fishing, however, for the first time in several years. Most of the coho begin entering Hood Canal in September.