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Date 02-Nov-16
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Conditions : North Puget Sound: Blackmouth salmon: Fishing for blackmouth salmon gets under way Nov. 1 in marine areas 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay) and 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), and 10 (Seattle/Bremerton). Anglers fishing those marine areas have a two-salmon daily limit, one of which may be chinook as described in the recent fishing rule change. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released.

Coho salmon: Coho are still found in a number of the region's rivers. Coho fishing opportunities for the north Puget Sound region include:

Skagit River: From the mouth to the Cascade River Road (Marblemount) Bridge. Anglers have a daily limit of four coho, of which no more than two may be wild. Bait is prohibited. Anti-snagging rule and night closure are in effect.

Cascade River: From the mouth to Rockport Cascade Road Bridge. Anglers have a daily limit of four coho. Anti-snagging rule and night closure are in effect.

Snohomish River: From the mouth upstream to confluence of the Skykomish and Snoqualmie rivers. Anglers have a daily limit of two coho. Anti-snagging rule and night closure are in effect.

Skykomish River: From the mouth upstream to the confluence with the Wallace River. Anglers have a daily limit of two coho. Anti-snagging rule and night closure are in effect.

Wallace River: From the mouth to 200 feet upstream of the hatchery water intake. Anglers have a daily limit of two coho. Anti-snagging rule and night closure are in effect. Fishing from a floating device is prohibited on the Wallace River from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30.

South Fork Nooksack River: From the mouth to Skookum Creek. Anglers have a daily limit of two salmon plus two additional hatchery coho. All wild coho and chum must be released.

Trout: The department will stock at least 35 Washington lakes with catchable-size trout this fall. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of smaller fry and fingerling trout will have grown to catchable size since the department stocked them this past spring. The complete list of lakes to be stocked, and the department's recently updated stocking plan are available on the WDFW website.

Crab: Eight marine areas remain open seven days a week through Dec. 31 for recreational crab fishing including: marine areas 4 (Neah Bay, east of the Tatoosh-Bonilla line), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay), 9-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner), 9 (Admiralty Inlet, Port Gamble, and Port Ludlow), and 12 (Hood Canal).

The daily catch limit in Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6 ¼ inches. In addition, fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across.

The crab fishery in Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) will close about six weeks early due to low numbers of crab in the area. In addition, marine areas 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) and 13 (south Sound) will remain closed for the winter crabbing season. Harvest numbers from the summer crab fishery in both areas indicate sport crabbers have reached their quota for the year.

A ll Dungeness crab kept in the late-season fishery must be recorded on winter catch cards, which are valid until Dec. 31. Winter cards are available at license vendors across the state

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