State Fish and Wildlife has decided to reopen to hatchery chinook fishery in the San Juan Islands this Friday to Sunday (Feb. 13-15) in what has been a very good winter fishery.
This decision comes on the heels of state fisheries reducing the daily catch limit from two-hatchery chinook to one back on Jan. 12 to control in their words “the fishery’s impacts on ‘wild fish’ stocks of concern.”
The fishery was supposed to be a five month-long season ending on April 30.
San Juan Island anglers must release all unmarked chinook and may keep only those with a missing clipped adipose fin, which identifies it as a hatchery fish.
A percentage of released wild chinook are not expected to survive, and are counted toward the management guideline of 7,775 chinook encounters in the San Juan Islands.