The bottomfishing closure off the northern coast that was to begin after Thursday, July 26 has now been rescinded by state Fish and Wildlife.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