Neah Bay (Marine Area 4) Chinook limit reduced beginning Friday, June 24

June 22, 2022

Action: Reduces the Chinook portion of the salmon daily limit at Neah Bay (Marine Area 4)

Species affected: Salmon

Location: Neah Bay (Marine Area 4)

Effective dates and rules west of Bonilla-Tatoosh line:

June 18 through June 23: Daily limit 2. Chinook min. size 24". Hatchery-marked coho min. size 16". Other salmon species no min. size. Release wild coho.

June 24 through July 31: Daily limit 2; including no more than 1 Chinook. Chinook min. size 24". Hatchery-marked coho min. size 16". Other salmon species no min. size. Release wild coho.

Aug. 1 through Sept. 30: Daily limit 2; including no more than 1 Chinook. Chinook min. size 24". Hatchery-marked coho min. size 16". Other salmon species no min. size. Release wild coho and chum.

Effective dates and rules east of Bonilla-Tatoosh line:

June 18 through June 23: Daily limit 2. Chinook min. size 24". Hatchery-marked coho min. size 16". Other salmon species no min. size. Release wild coho. Waters east of a true north-south line through Sail Rock are closed.

June 24 through July 31: Daily limit 2; including no more than 1 Chinook. Chinook min. size 24". Hatchery-marked coho min. size 16". Other salmon species no min. size. Release wild coho. Waters east of a true north-south line through Sail Rock are closed.

Aug. 1 through Sept. 30: Daily limit 2. Hatchery-marked coho min. size 16". Other salmon species no min. size. Release Chinook, wild coho and chum.

Reason for action: More than 12 percent of the Chinook guideline at Neah Bay (Marine Area 4) was taken on the first two open days of the season (June 18 and 19). A reduction in the Chinook daily limit is necessary to preserve the season length while avoiding exceedance of the Chinook guideline and maximizing catch of the available coho quota.

Additional information: The catch quotas for the recreational fisheries North of Cape Falcon in 2022 are 27,000 Chinook and 168,000 hatchery-marked coho, with a Marine Area 4 Chinook guideline of 6,110 and a Marine Area 4 hatchery-marked coho quota of 17,470.

Ilwaco, Westport, La Push and Neah Bay (Marine Areas 1 through 4) are scheduled to close September 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 360-796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email (Title6@dfw.wa.gov).