The central Puget Sound (Marine Catch Area 10) hatchery king harvest quota is nearing its ceiling level, and could face a closure in the very near future.
“The Area 10 catch picked up and we’re at 807 fish landed through Sunday (Aug. 3), which puts us at 73 percent (of the harvest quota of 1,112 hatchery chinook),” said Ryan Lothrop, the state Fish and Wildlife Puget Sound recreational salmon manager.
“We are definitely approaching a point where we need to watch it very closely,” Lothrop said. “It doesn’t take much to catch a couple hundred fish. Historically we are hitting the peak right now, and all it takes is a blip to put us over the edge.”
Lothrop says fishery managers will get new updated estimates in the next couple of days, and they plan to have a conference call discussion with sport fishing advisors on Wednesday at around 1 p.m.
In the northern Puget Sound (Area 9) hatchery king fishery through Sunday (Aug. 3) showed 1,947 fish harvested and have reached 60 percent of the catch harvest ceiling of 3,218 fish.
“A slight pulse of fish moved through Area 9 this week,” Lothrop said.
The state test fishery boat data through last Friday had picked up a few more fish, and has a mark rate 82 percent in Area 9 (kings with missing adipose fin indicating they are of hatchery origin) and 70 percent mark rate in Area 10.
Hatchery king fishing has been fair at times at places like Kingston, Jefferson Head, Southworth, Dolphin Point, Allen Bank off Blake Island; Point Monroe, Richmond Beach to Edmonds oil dock, Meadow Point, Possession Bar, Point No Point, Pilot Point, Bush Point off west side of Whidbey Island and Midchannel Bank off Port Townsend.