WDFW has decided to close bank fishing options in the Chico Creek and Gorst Creek tideland areas as of October 30, 2020 until further notice. This impacts a popular bank fishing area for Chum Salmon fishing on the Kitsap Peninsula.
Date: October 30, 2020
Purpose: The purpose of this rule is to close salmon fishing in channels created by exposed tidelands at the mouths of Chico
Creek and Gorst Creek
Reasons for this finding: Fishing in the tidal channels downstream of the mouths of Gorst and Chico creeks can lead to
disorderly fishery activity such as illegal snagging, particularly during times of adult salmon returns to the streams. Fishing
opportunity for returning adult salmon remains open in the marine waters adjacent to the creek mouths and tidal channels.
Closure of these tidal channel areas is consistent with the Department’s mandate to promote orderly fisheries (RCW
77.04.012). There is insufficient time to adopt permanent rules.
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