Sport fishing closure begins today; WDFW explains why

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After making the announcement last week a complete shutdown of all sport fishing along the Washington coast, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife provided additional details on its decision.

This closure is effective as of today, March 1, 2022.

The WDFW issued a statement following questions, saying it “acknowledges the broad community committed to coastal rainbow trout recovery” and answered some of the common questions it has heard.

According to their statement, state fisheries managers began reviewing preliminary data in early February that suggested the size of the inshore rainbow trout run could return significantly lower than expected, possibly foreshadowing the lowest return ever recorded in some coastal rivers.

On February 23, officials announced a complete closure to all recreational fishing activities on the Washington Coast and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to “achieve management objectives and provide the protection necessary to reduce wild rainbow trout populations.”

Coastal tribes are said to have closed fisheries targeting rainbow trout from Monday, February 28.

As part of their frequently asked questions post, they review the data behind the decision and outline the next steps to consider next season.

Frequently Asked Questions: Inshore Rainbow Trout Closure in March 2022

To see the full fishing rule change, which will take effect March 1, visit: https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=2805



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