Editor’s note: The federal advisory issued today by the NMFS actually states that Chinook fishing in Marine Area 2 will be prohibited beginning at 12:01 a.m. on August 23 as opposed to “August 22” in the advisory. modification of the WDFW rules below; on Facebook, WDFW said it would start on August 23.
THE FOLLOWING IS A RULE CHANGE NOTICE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
Marine Area 2 Salmon Recreational Season Update
Stock: Sets the closing date for Chinook retention and makes it illegal to possess Chinook aboard a ship on days not open for Chinook possession.
Species concerned: Chinook salmon.
Location: Marine area 2.
Effective dates and rules:
From August 18 to August 22, 2022:
Sunday through Thursday: Daily limit of 2, of which up to 1 can be a Chinook. Chinook min. waist 22″. Coho min. waist 16″. Other salmon species not min. Cut. Release wild coho.
Fridays and Saturdays: Daily limit 2. Coho min. size 16″. Other salmon species no min. size. Release chinook and wild coho. Possession of Chinooks on board a vessel, including while in transit, is illegal.
From August 22 to September 30, 2022:
Daily limit 2. Coho min. size 16″. Other salmon species no min. size. Release chinook and wild coho. Possession of Chinooks on board a vessel, including while in transit, is illegal.
Reason for action: As of August 14, 77 percent of the Marine Area 2 Chinook guideline has been taken (9,353 of 12,070).
Due to the high chinook catch rates so far this season, this action is necessary to not exceed the modest chinook guideline and preserve the length of the season while continuing to allow access to a significant abundance of coho and salmon fishing seven days a week.