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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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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 hatchery.

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.