Marine Area 4 recreational salmon season update

August 25, 2023

Action: Allows retention of wild coho west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line. Closes salmon fishing east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line.

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

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 4.

Rules west of Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Daily limit 2. Chinook min. size 24”. Coho min. size 16”. Other salmon species no min. size. Release chum.

Rules east of Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Closed.

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.

Closure of Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line is needed to provide geographic separation, enhance compliance and facilitate enforcement of fisheries with different retention rules in Area 4 west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line and Area 5.

Additional information: Beginning Aug. 26, it will be unlawful to land or possess Chinook or wild coho in Marine Area 5. (Chinook and wild coho caught west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line may not be landed or possessed in Marine Area 5.)

Marine Areas 1 through 4 are scheduled to close Sept. 30, but areas could 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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