OLYMPIA – The recreational fishery in Marine Area 10 will close to the retention of chinook salmon at the end of the day July 28, when the catch is expected to reach the season quota for that area, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.
The closure of the mark-selective fishery for hatchery chinook does not affect salmon fisheries in Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet). Marine areas 9 and 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) are managed under a combined quota of 7,000 chinook. Of that quota, only 1,700 hatchery chinook can be harvested in Marine Area 10.
“We expect to reach the Marine Area 10 quota by Saturday night,” said Steve Thiesfeld, Puget Sound recreational salmon manager for WDFW. “And projections show that we could reach the overall quota early next week.”
Fishery managers will assess the chinook salmon catch Monday (July 30) in both marine areas 9 and 10. Thiesfeld said if the catch rate continues as expected, Marine Area 9 could close late Monday night.
As of July 26, when the last tally was conducted, anglers had caught about 980 hatchery chinook in marine area 10 and about 4,100 in marine area 9. This season’s mark-selective fisheries in those two marine areas mark the first time since the mid-90’s that anglers can catch and keep chinook salmon during the summer in central Puget Sound.
Thiesfeld reminds anglers that regulations vary for inner Elliott Bay, Sinclair Inlet and public fishing piers in marine areas 9 and 10.
Anglers should check for updates on WDFW’s Fishing Hotline (360-902-2500) or the department’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.