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Date 01-Oct-17
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Conditions : Olympic Penisula: Razor clams: The fall razor clam season is tentatively scheduled to get underway Oct. 6-7 with an opening at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks. WDFW shellfish managers are waiting for one more round of marine toxin tests to announce whether that dig will go forward.

The dig is tentatively scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low evening tides: •Oct. 6, Friday, 7:49 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks •Oct. 7, Saturday, 8:33 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

WDFW has tentatively scheduled another dig for Nov. 2-5, pending results of future toxin tests.

Salmon (marine areas): Salmon fishing continues this fall in several Puget Sound marine areas.

Anglers fishing Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) can keep two salmon but must release chinook and wild coho. Those fishing marine areas 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) and 13 (south Sound) also have a two salmon limit but must release wild chinook in both areas and wild coho in area 13.

In Hood Canal (Marine Area 12), through Sept. 30, all chinook must be released north of Ayock Point. Starting Oct. 1, anglers can keep up to two chinook as part of their four-salmon daily limit. Anglers must release wild chinook throughout the fishery and must release chum Oct. 1-15.

Beginning Oct. 1, the Dungeness Bay salmon fishery in Marine Area 6 (east Juan de Fuca Strait) opens for hatchery coho. Anglers fishing there have a daily limit of two hatchery coho.

Salmon (rivers): Anglers can also head to the Satsop and Chehalis Rivers, where the coho are starting to show up. Anglers are allowed to keep two adult salmon, only one of which may be a wild coho, as part of their six-fish daily limit. Adult chinook must be released.

Elsewhere, anglers fishing the Quillayute and Sol Duc rivers can keep up to three adult salmon as part of the daily limit of six salmon. Only one wild fish may be retained. Those fishing the Dickey, Bogachiel and Calawah rivers can keep three salmon, of which one may be an adult. And on the Hoh River, the daily limit is six, of which two may be adults, but only one of the adults may be a chinook. As a reminder, the Queets River system, including the Clearwater and Salmon rivers, are closed to fishing Oct.1 through Nov. 30.

Anglers can also keep two adults as part of the six-salmon daily limit on the Nisqually and Puyallup rivers. On the Nisqually, anglers must release wild chinook and chum while anglers on the Puyallup must release wild adult chinook. Anglers on the Puyallup should also be aware the river is closed to fishing Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays through Oct. 31.

Trout: Several lakes in the region will be teeming with trout after the department stocks them this month. Check WDFW’s website mid-month for a full list of lakes that will be stocked in October.

Simplified rules for freshwater sport fishing: WDFW is seeking public comments through Nov. 30 on a package of simplified fishing regulations for freshwater species, such as trout, steelhead and warmwater fish. The department also is holding public meetings, including one of Oct. 5 in Montesano, to discuss its proposals.

Ocean bottomfish: Anglers are reminded to changes to the ocean bottomfish fisheries this year. Fisheries for lingcod, rockfish and cabezon wrap up in Washington’s ocean waters this month.

Marine areas 1 (Ilwaco), 2 (Westport), 3 (LaPush), and Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line close for bottomfish fishing on Oct. 21. In Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay), the lingcod fishery closes Oct. 15 both east and west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line, while lingcod fishing closes in areas 1-3 on Oct. 21. The winter closure in Marine areas 1 through 3 and Marine Area 4 west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line does not include surfperch when fishing from the shore.

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