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February 11, 2015 at 9:57 AM

San Juan Islands reopen this Friday to Sunday for one last shot at a good winter hatchery chinook fishery

4477788263_3a35b9eb86State 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.

 

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