Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Puget Sound Commercial
Fisheries Hotline
Message # 14 - Updated - October 23, 2009

Puget Sound Commercial Fisheries Hotline Message Number 14
Recorded Friday, October 23, 2009 at 11:30 AM

The 2009 Puget Sound Commercial Salmon Regulation pamphlet was mailed the week of July 12th. If you have not received a copy please contact (360) 902-2700 and ask for a copy or check our web site listed on pages 1 and 43 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 Area 7 or 7A commercial salmon fisheries. Contact (360) 902-2717 if you need to attend a workshop to get a card. Gillnet fishers are reminded that buoy requirements, as listed on page 15 of the pamphlet, are in effect for 300 fathom drift gill nets for all openings.

The third test catch of the Apple Cove (APC) Test Fishery was conducted on Wednesday, October 21st and a total of 1,541 chum, 33 Coho, and 3 Chinook were landed in 6 sets. There is not yet enough information to update the pre-season forecast of 348,000 chum salmon for South Puget Sound.

For the period of October 25th – October 31st all areas are currently closed except as follows:

Areas 7 and 7A San Juan Islands and Point Roberts are open to reef nets 5 AM to 9 PM daily continuously through Saturday, November 14th. Sockeye, Pink, and all Chinook salmon, must be released. Fishers must have a Fish Friendly certification card within their immediate possession.

Areas 7 and 7A San Juan Islands and Point Roberts are open to gill nets using 6-¼ inch minimum mesh daily from 7 AM to Midnight through November 14th. Fishers must have a Fish Friendly certification card within their immediate possession.

Areas 7 and 7A San Juan Islands and Point Roberts are open to purse seines using the 5-inch strip daily from 7 AM to 6 PM through November 14th. 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 to gill nets using 5-inch minimum mesh size continuously through 8 PM October 31st, and to purse seines using the 5-inch strip continuously through 6 PM October 31st.

Area 8D Tulalip Bay will be open to gill nets using 5-inch minimum mesh size from 6 AM to 8 PM on Thursday, October 29th and from 6 AM to 4 PM on Friday, October 30th.

Area 8D Tulalip Bay will be open to purse seines using the 5-inch strip from 7 AM to 6 PM on Monday, October 26th and Wednesday, October 28th. Chinook must be released.

Area 9A Port Gamble Bay is open to 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, October 31st. 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:

  • 5 PM Tuesday, October 27th to 8 AM Wednesday, October 28th.
  • 5 PM Thursday, October 29th to 9 AM Friday, October 30th.

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 26th and Wednesday, October 28th. 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 7 AM to 8 PM on Tuesday, October 27th and Thursday, October 29th.

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 26th and Wednesday, October 28th. Chinook must be released.

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

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