Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Puget Sound Commercial
Fisheries Hotline
Message # 14 - Updated - October 24, 2008

Puget Sound Commercial Fisheries Hotline Message Number 14
Recorded Friday, October 24th, 2008 at 1:30 AM

The 2008 Puget Sound Commercial Salmon Regulation pamphlet was mailed the week of June 15th. If you have not received a copy please contact (360) 902-2700 and ask for a copy or check our web site where one may be downloaded at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/commercial/salmon/

This web address is listed on pages 1 and 40 of the pamphlet. Please check it regularly for updated information regarding Puget Sound commercial salmon fisheries.

Fishers are reminded that a Fish Friendly certification card is required to participate in any Areas 7 or 7A commercial salmon fisheries. The next available course will be on Tuesday, September 9th, starting 11 AM at the North Puget Sound - Region 4 Office, located at 16018 Mill Creek Boulevard, Mill Creek, Washington 98012. Contact Jeromy Jording at (360) 902-2717 if you plan to attend this workshop, as space is limited.

The third test catch of the APC Test Fishery was conducted on Wednesday, October 22nd and a total of 1,942 chum, 5 Coho, and 0 Chinook were landed in 6 sets. There is not yet enough information for an update of the pre-season forecast. These results are posted on the web address listed on pages 1 and 40 of the pamphlet that should be checked regularly for updated information regarding Puget Sound commercial salmon fisheries.

Fishers should retain all Atlantic Salmon caught anytime during any opening. Use species code 047 when filling out a Puget Sound Fish Ticket for all Atlantic salmon.

Fishers should be aware Naval operations will be active in the Hood Canal Bangor/Dabob Area during Tuesday and Wednesday. Fishers in the area should monitor marine channels 12 and 16 or contact Range Control at 360-396-4108 for more specific information regarding Naval operations in the area.

For the period of October 26th – November 1st all areas are currently closed except as follows:

Areas 7 and 7A San Juan Islands and Point Roberts are open for reef nets:

  • 5 AM to 9 PM daily, continuously through Saturday, November 15th.
  • Chinook must be released at all times.
  • Fishers must have a Fish Friendly certification card within their immediate possession.

Areas 7 and 7A San Juan Islands and Point Roberts are currently open everyday of the week to gill nets using 6-¼ inch minimum mesh daily from:

  • 7 AM to Midnight.
  • Fishers must have a Fish Friendly certification card within their immediate possession.

Areas 7 and 7A San Juan Islands and Point Roberts are currently open everyday of the week to purse seines using the 5-inch strip daily from:

  • 7 AM to 6 PM.
  • Brailing and recovery boxes are required and must be operating at all times to participate.
  • Chinook and coho must be released and if injured or lethargic, placed in the recovery box for release after they have recovered.
  • Fishers must have a Fish Friendly certification card within their immediate possession.

Area 7B Bellingham Bay is open continuously to gill nets using 5-inch minimum mesh size continuously through 8 PM November 1st, and to purse seines using the 5-inch strip continuously through 6 PM November 1st.

Area 8A Port Susan and Port Gardner will be open to gill nets using 5-inch minimum mesh from:

  • 8 AM to 8 PM on the following dates:
    • Tuesday, October 28th.
    • Thursday, October 30th.
  • And from 8 AM to 4 PM on Friday, October 31st.

Area 8A Port Susan and Port Gardner will be open to purse seines using the 5-inch strip from:

  • 7 AM to 6 PM on Monday, October 27th and Wednesday, October 29th.
  • Chinook must be released.

Area 8D Tulalip Bay will be open to gill nets using 5-inch minimum mesh from:

  • 8 AM to 8 PM on Thursday, October 30th and from 8 AM to 4 PM on Friday, October 31st.

Area 8D Tulalip Bay will be open to purse seines using the 5-inch strip from:

  • 7 AM to 6 PM on Monday, October 27th and Wednesday, October 29th.
  • Chinook must be released.

Area 9A Port Gamble Bay is open to gill nets and skiff gill nets limited to 600 feet in length and 60 meshes in depth using 5-inch minimum mesh size:

  • Continuously until 8 PM Saturday, November 1st.
  • All Chinook and chum salmon must be released by cutting the meshes ensnaring the fish.

Areas 10 and 11 Seattle and Tacoma will be open to gill nets using 6 ¼ -inch minimum mesh during the following dates and times:

  • 4 PM Tuesday, October 28th to 7 AM Wednesday, October 29th.
  • 5 PM Thursday, October 30th to 9 AM Friday, October 31st.

Areas 10 and 11 Seattle and Tacoma will be open to purse seines using the 5-inch strip from:

  • 7 AM to 6 PM on Monday, October 27th and Wednesday, October 29th.
  • Chinook and coho must be released.

Areas 12 and 12B Hood Canal will be open to gill nets using 6 ¼ -inch minimum mesh from 8 AM to 8 PM on:

  • Tuesday, October 28th.
  • Thursday, October 30th.

Areas 12 and 12B Hood Canal will be open to purse seines using the 5-inch strip from:

  • 7 AM to 6 PM on Monday, October 27th and Wednesday, October 29th.
  • Chinook and wild coho must be released.
  • Fishers must have a recovery box onboard and operating at all times to participate.

If you suspect an error in this message or have questions please contact Jeromy Jording at (360) 902-2717.

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