Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Puget Sound Commercial
Fisheries Hotline
Message # 7 - Updated - September 10, 2008

Puget Sound Commercial Fisheries Hotline Message Number 7
Recorded Friday, September 5th, 2008 at 10:00 AM
UPDATED: Sept. 10

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.

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.

The season description published in the 2008 Puget Sound Commercial Salmon Regulation Pamphlet remains in effect.

For the period of September 7th - September 13th all areas are currently closed except as follows:

Area 7B Bellingham Bay will be open to gill nets using 5-inch minimum mesh size during the following dates and times:

  • 7 AM Sunday, September 7th to 7 AM Monday, September 8th.
  • 7 AM Tuesday, September 9th to 7 AM Wednesday, September 10th.
  • 7 AM Thursday, September 11th to 7 AM Friday, September 12th.

Area 7B Bellingham Bay will be open to purse seines from:

  • 7 AM to 8 PM on Wednesday, September 10th.
  • Brailing is required
  • All sockeye, chum, and pink salmon must be released immediately.

Fishers should be aware Area 7C Samish Bay is now closed.

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 8:00 PM Saturday, November 1st.
  • All Chinook and chum salmon must be released by cutting the meshes ensnaring the fish.

Area 12A Quilcene Bay will be open to skiff gill nets using 5-inch minimum mesh size from:

  • 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Tuesday, September 9th.
  • All Chinook and chum salmon must be released by cutting the meshes ensnaring the fish.

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

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