Marine Area 7 Chinook opener delayed

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by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Action: Closes Chinook retention.

Effective date: Aug. 16 through Aug. 21, 2020

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Location: Marine Area 7

Rule: Salmon; No min. size. Daily limit two. Release chum, wild coho, and all Chinook.

Reason for action: With 206 Chinook remaining of the Marine Area 7 quota of 1,562, it is unlikely the fishery could endure the entirety of the scheduled season. This closure is intended to maximize opportunity and participation while ensuring fisheries remain within allowed Endangered Species Act impacts. The decision for this closure and its timing were made in consultation with the citizens' board of the Puget Sound Sport Fishing Advisory Group.

Additional information: Beginning Aug. 22 and through Aug. 31, anglers will be allowed to retain up to one hatchery Chinook as part of the salmon daily limit as listed in the 2020/2021 Washington Sportfishing Rules pamphlet.

Anglers are reminded to check for fishery updates at

The Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet can be found at

Information contact: Fish Program 360-902-2700.

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