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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 26, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Bottomfishing closure won’t happen on the northern coast after all

The bottomfishing closure off the northern coast that was to begin after Thursday, July 26 has now been rescinded by state Fish and Wildlife.

“Our June catch numbers show a little less yelloweye rockfish take than expected so we’ve got enough new information to revise the closure and keep it open through Labor Day,” said Heather Reed, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.

All areas from the Queets River mouth, including La Push, and north to Neah Bay west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh boundary line will now remain open to sport bottomfishing including rockfish, lingcod, Pacific cod, and all other bottomfish.

There is a total allowable catch of incidental yelloweye rockfish for all coastal fisheries, and if that figure is exceeded then a closure is necessary.

The Washington sport harvest target is about 2.6 metric tons (which is fewer than 2,000 fish) in coastal waters.

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