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Washington Area 10 Fishing Closes in One Week
The recreational salmon fishery will close at the end of the day Nov. 30 in Marine Area 10, the portion of Puget Sound stretching between Seattle and Bremerton, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is reminding anglers. The fishery was originally scheduled to close January 31, 2016.
“With the run of chum winding down, we’ve decided to take this step to protect any wild chinook that anglers may inadvertently hook,” said Ryan Lothrop, Puget Sound recreational fishery manager for the WDFW, in a written statement.
Hagg Lake Debuts Year-Round Fishing
Year-round fishing at Hagg Lake in northwest Oregon will debut effective immediately, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced.
The lake, located in Washington County, previously closed for three months beginning in November of each year for maintenance. According to the ODFW, the decisions to keep the lake open is due, in part, to a new prioritization of recreational fishing in the area.
“This is a real win-win for ODFW, Washington County Parks, and anglers who like to fish year-round,” said Tom Murtagh, ODFW District Fish Biologist for the area. “To kick off this this new regulation, 150 brood rainbow trout – some are close to 12 pounds — were just put in the lake, so fishing should be real exciting!”
Genetically Modified Farm Salmon OK’ed
The Food and Drug Administration has approved for human consumption a genetically modified (GM) salmon, the New York Times reports.
The AquAdvantage salmon, as it is known, is an Atlantic salmon that has been genetically modified so that it grows to market size faster than a non-engineered farmed salmon, in as little as half the time.
The salmon will be raised in inland farms and limited to female triploids to avoid contamination with wild fish. According to the Seattle Times, Costco says it does not plan to carry the GM salmon.
Salmon University Thanksgiving Tackle Giveaway
Salmon University is giving away five Salmon University tackle packs this week. Each pack is filled with $100 worth of Silver Horde and PRO-Troll tackle, handpicked by the SU pros. To enter for a chance to win, like and share this post on the Salmon University Facebook page by or before November 27. Winners will be notified by Facebook message.
Hagg Lake image courtesy Daniel Hedrick (CC BY-NC 2.0). Image of Puget Sound courtesy mikeyskatie (CC BY-SA 2.0).