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Date 02-Sep-17
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Conditions : Olympic Penisula: Ocean salmon: Salmon fishing is winding down in Washington’s ocean waters. Marine areas 3 (LaPush) and 4 (Neah Bay) are open to salmon fishing through Labor Day (Sept. 4). Anglers fishing these areas have a daily limit of two salmon but must release wild coho in both areas and chum in Neah Bay.

Salmon (Puget Sound): Salmon fishing is open in some marine areas of Puget Sound, including the San Juan Islands (Marine Area 7), Seattle/Bremerton (Marine Area 10), Tacoma/Vashon Island (Marine Area 11), Hood Canal (Marine Area 12), and South Sound (Marine Area 13). The Tulalip Bubble fishery (a portion of Marine Area 8-2) is also open for salmon fishing.

In Marine Area 7, anglers have a daily limit of two salmon, only one of which can be a chinook, plus they can retain two additional sockeye salmon. However, anglers must release coho and chum.

Anglers fishing Marine Area 10 have a daily limit of two salmon, but must release chinook and wild coho. In addition, anglers also must release chum through Sept. 15.

Those fishing Marine Area 11, have a daily limit of two salmon, but must release wild chinook. Anglers fishing Marine Area 13 also have a daily limit of two salmon, but must release wild chinook and wild coho.

In Hood Canal, anglers fishing north of Ayock Point have a daily limit of four salmon but must release chum and chinook. Anglers fishing south of Ayock Point can keep up to two hatchery chinook as part of their four salmon daily limit. Anglers must release chum and, wild chinook and hatchery chinook that are less than 20 inches in size. Those fishing south of Ayock Point can fish with two poles if they have a two-pole endorsement.

Anglers fishing the Tulalip Bubble area have a daily limit of two fish but must release coho and wild chinook. Through Sept. 4, the area is open to salmon fishing Fridays through noon Mondays only. The bubble will be closed to fishing Sept. 5-9. Beginning Sept. 10, the area reopens to fishing Saturdays and Sundays only. Anglers fishing the Tulalip Bubble can use two poles if they have the two-pole endorsement.

Fishery managers remind anglers that Marine Area 9 is open only to fishing from the shoreline through Sept. 4.

Salmon (freshwater areas): Salmon fishing will get underway this month in several rivers, including the Humptulips and Clearwater rivers on Sept. 1, and the Hoh on Sept. 16.

Anglers fishing for salmon in the Quillayute, Sol Duc or Chehalis rivers should be aware of changes in regulations that happen this month.

Atlantic salmon: State salmon managers are encouraging anglers to fish for thousands of Atlantic salmon that escaped recently from a salmon farm near the San Juan Islands.

The department has created a real-time map of catch reports from anglers to help track and target these fish. Fishery managers are also encouraging anglers who catch Atlantic salmon to report their catch at that webpage.

There is no size or catch limit on Atlantic salmon. However, anglers may only fish for Atlantic salmon in marine waters that are already open to fishing for Pacific salmon or freshwater areas open to fishing for trout or Pacific salmon. Anglers also must stop fishing for Atlantic salmon once they've caught their daily limit of Pacific salmon in marine waters or their daily limit of trout or Pacific salmon in freshwater.

Crab: Most areas of Puget Sound are open to crab fishing through Labor Day, Sept. 4. However, Marine Area 7 North (Gulf of Georgia) and South (San Juan Islands/Bellingham) remains open through Sept. 30.

The daily limit for crab fishers throughout Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches. Fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across. WDFW's recreational crabbing webpage has additional information on regulations and on reporting crab catches.

Crabbers are reminded their summer catch record cards are due to WDFW by Oct. 1 and must be returned whether or not the cardholder caught or fished for crab during the season. Crabbers who fail to file catch reports for 2017 will face a $10 fine, which will be imposed when they apply for a 2018 Puget Sound crab endorsement. Completed summer catch cards can be mailed in or submitted online after Labor Day. Additional information is available on WDFW's website.

WDFW will announce winter crab seasons for Puget Sound in early October after completing its assessment of the summer fishery.

Crabbing in Washington’s ocean waters is open year-round.

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