OLYMPIA – The recreational fishery in Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) will close to the retention of hatchery chinook salmon at the end of today (July 31), when the catch is expected to reach the season quota for that area, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
The closure of the mark-selective fishery for hatchery chinook does not affect recreational fisheries for coho salmon and other species in Marine Area 9.
Marine areas 9 and 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) are managed under a combined quota of 7,000 hatchery chinook. Of that quota, only 1,700 chinook can be harvested in Marine Area 10, where chinook salmon retention closed Saturday evening.
As of July 30, the estimated harvest of hatchery chinook in marine areas 9 and 10 is 6,700 fish.
“We expect to reach the overall quota by tonight,” said Steve Thiesfeld, Puget Sound recreational salmon manager for WDFW.
Thiesfeld reminds anglers that regulations vary for inner Elliott Bay, Sinclair Inlet and public fishing piers in marine areas 9 and 10.
More information on fishing regulations is available on WDFW’s website http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.