Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Puget Sound Commercial
Fisheries Hotline
Message # 10 - Updated - September 25, 2009

Puget Sound Commercial Fisheries Hotline Message Number 10
Recorded Friday, September 25, 2009 at 2:00 PM

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 where one may be downloaded at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/commercial/salmon/

Fishers are reminded that a Fish Friendly certification card will be 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. For the most current information on Areas 7 or 7A sockeye fisheries check the National Marine Fisheries Hotline at (800) 662-9825.

ACTION ALERT: Fishers need to be aware that Area 12A Quilcene Bay is now closed for all gear types. PLEASE BE AWARE.

For the period of September 27th – October 3rd all areas are currently closed except as follows:

Area 6D Dungeness Bay is open to skiff gill nets using 5-inch minimum mesh size from 7 AM to 7 PM daily, Monday through Friday each week continuing through Friday, October 23rd. All Chinook and chum salmon must be released by cutting the meshes ensnaring the fish.

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, wild Chinook, wild coho, and chum salmon must be released through Wednesday, September 30th. After September 30th Sockeye, Pink, and all Chinook salmon, must be released. Fishers must have a Fish Friendly certification card within their immediate possession, and for fishers retaining hatchery Chinook, which is allowed till October 1st, immediate possession of a WDFW Logbook is also required.

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.

  • Gillnet fishing inside Hale Passage opens October 1st.
  • Beginning October 1st purse seines can retain coho in the Hale Passage area as described in Map F on page 27 of the regulation pamphlet.

Area 8A Port Susan and Port Gardner will be open to the purse seine vessels SEA PRIDE and HAIDA WARRIOR only. Open hours are 7 AM to 7 PM Monday, September 28th. Waters south of a line from Mukilteo Ferry dock to Clinton Ferry are open to fishing. Chinook must be released.

Area 8D Tulalip Bay will be open to gill nets using 5-inch minimum mesh size during the following dates and times:

  • 6 PM Sunday, September 27th to 8 AM Monday, September 28th.
  • 6 AM to 9 PM Tuesday, September 29th.
  • 6 AM to 9 PM Wednesday, September 30th.

Area 8D Tulalip Bay will be open to purse seines using the 5-inch strip from 7 AM to 7 PM on Monday, September 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.

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