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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 20, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Grays Harbor salmon fishery faces unexpected rule changes and closures

There are some changes coming to the Grays Harbor salmon fishery sooner than anticipated.

Starting Sunday, Sept. 22, anglers will be required to release all chinook in Marine Catch Area 2-2 (east of the Buoy 13 line) and then fishing will be closed from Sept. 23-28.

Fishing will reopen Sept. 29 with a daily limit of three salmon, but chinook will need to be released.

Fisheries managers say the change was needed to wild chinook spawning goals. Angler effort and catch have been much higher than expected since fishing opened Sept. 16.

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