OLYMPIA — Washington state fishery managers have set restrictions on salmon fishing in Admiralty Inlet beginning Sunday.
Anglers fishing for salmon in Marine Area 9 will only be allowed to keep chum.
Officials had scheduled an opening for hatchery chinook salmon starting Sunday, but postponed the season to protect a large number of juvenile chinook in those waters.
Fisheries policy leader Ron Warren says they’re seeing a lot of young chinook but they’re too small to retain under state rules, so they’re postponing the chinook fishery.
Warren says the department will continue to monitor the inlet and could open the area for a brief hatchery chinook fishery around Thanksgiving.
Admiralty Inlet is scheduled to close to salmon fishing Nov. 30 and then will be open Jan. 16 through April 15.