Marine Area 2 recreational salmon season update

August 25, 2023

Action: Allows retention of wild coho.

Effective date: Aug. 26 through Sept. 30, 2023.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 2.

Salmon Rules: Daily limit 2 including no more than 1 Chinook. Chinook min. size 22”. Coho min. size 16”. Other salmon species no min. size.

Reason for action: Reason for action: Percentages of adipose marked coho have been lower than expected in ocean salmon fisheries this season. Quotas have been adjusted downward in a manner to ensure that impacts to wild coho are not increased from preseason expected rates and will remain within conservation limits by allowing their retention.

Additional information: Grays Harbor (Area 2-2) west of the Buoy 13 line are also open under the same rules as Area 2. Regulations for Area 2-1 changed from being concurrent with ocean rules in August, details are listed in the 2023-24 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Grays Harbor Control Zone is open for salmon through Sept. 30, 2023.

Marine Areas 1 through 4 are scheduled to close Sept. 30, but areas may close earlier if quotas are met.

Information contact: Fish Program 360-902-2700

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on definitions and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at 360-902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call toll free 866-880-5431.

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