Puget Sound

State and tribal fishery managers did not reach an agreement on this year's salmon fisheries for marine and fresh water areas of Puget Sound during the annual season-setting process.

WDFW is working to secure the permit required to hold fisheries in Puget Sound, where there are fish stocks protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.

State fishery managers are uncertain whether the department will have the permit in time to hold recreational and non-tribal commercial fisheries in Puget Sound through much of this season.

This is the first time the state and tribes have not reached an agreement on Puget Sound salmon-fishing seasons while working as co-managers, which began about 30 years ago. In previous years, the co-managers have been authorized to fish for salmon under a joint federal permit.

Tribal fishery managers are expected to separately seek a permit from NOAA Fisheries to hold salmon fisheries in Puget Sound.

Check this webpage for updates regarding Puget Sound salmon seasons.

Columbia River, ocean and north coastal rivers

Salmon-fishing seasons have been set for the Columbia River, Washington's ocean waters, and north coastal rivers. Information on those fisheries can be found on the department's webpage.

A complete description of salmon fisheries can be found in the 2016-17 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, which will be available by the end of June.


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North of Falcon Background

Public Meeting Schedule
North of Falcon FAQ
How salmon fishing seasons are set
How tribes and state co-manage salmon and steelhead


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