600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
September 17, 1997
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256
Chinook fishing opens at Hoodsport tomorrow
HOODSPORT -- The Hoodsport Hatchery Zone in front of the Department of
Fish and Wildlife hatchery will open for chinook fishing at 6 a.m. tomorrow (Sept. 18).
The opening is possible because surplus chinook are expected to return to the
The open hatchery zone is described on page 36 of the Fishing in Washington
regulation pamphlet. Recreational fishers may fish within a 2,000 foot arc seaward of
the yellow marker buoys at the mouth of Finch Creek.
The daily salmon limit through Oct. 15 is four fish, of which two may be chinook.
All chum must be released.
The Skokomish Tribe is scheduled to conduct a one-day beach seine fishery in
front of the hatchery on Friday. The tribe likely will fish one day next week.
The Skokomish River opens to sport fishing on Saturday. Anglers must release
adult chinook (24 inches and over) to ensure spawning goals are met at the George
Adams Hatchery and on the natural spawning grounds in the river.