Those planning on heading to the San Juan Islands, properly known as Marine Catch Area 7, should be aware that the daily catch limit for hatchery chinook will be reduced from two to one beginning Monday, Feb. 24.
This news was similar to the recent daily catch limit reduction in northern Puget Sound (Area 9) where the catch was reduced from two to one hatchery chinook according to Ryan Lothrop with state Fish and Wildlife.
The wonderful winter weather in January, allowed anglers more time on the water, increased angler pressure and sport catches have been good on both undersized and legal-size chinook encounters. The hope is to avoid hitting the allowable catch guideline set forth by state Fish and Wildlife as per agreed upon by the federal fishery agencies and tribes.
The salmon fishing season in the San Juan Islands is scheduled to remain open through April 30. The northern Puget Sound planned closure date is April 15.