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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091


April 07, 2005
Contact: Pat Pattillo, (360) 902-2705
Or: Doug Williams, (360) 902-2256

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Sport fishers get expanded salmon-fishing opportunities this summer

TACOMA - A comprehensive fishing regulation package completed today for Puget Sound expands angler opportunities to fish for hatchery chinook salmon and healthy wild stocks in several marine and freshwater areas.

The season package, developed by state, tribal and federal fisheries managers, includes recreational ocean quotas of 121,800 coho and 43,250 chinook salmon. Ocean quotas were adopted by the federal Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Coho quotas are lower this year than in 2004 because of a dramatic decrease in the number of lower Columbia River late-run hatchery returns, while chinook numbers are similar to last year.

"State fisheries managers worked through this complex season-setting process to meet conservation requirements and allocation objectives while creating several new recreational fishing opportunities, and I'm very pleased that our staff was able to meet these multiple objectives," said Jeff Koenings, Director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

"I'm also extremely pleased we could accomplish these goals through the longstanding state-tribal co-management process," Koenings said.

The 2005 package also includes:

  • A new selective hatchery winter blackmouth fishery in marine areas 8-1 and 8-2 (Deception Pass to Port Gardner);
  • A new selective fishery for hatchery spring chinook salmon in the Skagit River;
  • A summer selective hatchery chinook fishery in the western Strait of Juan de Fuca, which was launched two years ago as a pilot fishery.
  • An expanded sport fishing season for chinook salmon in Elliott Bay and the Green River;
  • A larger, "bonus bag limit" for pink salmon in several marine and freshwater salmon fisheries; and
  • Fishing seasons for hatchery chinook salmon in the Puyallup and Carbon rivers.
  • A two-week closure of Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) will be implemented in late July.

"We faced a number of challenges this year in meeting our conservation goals and management objectives," said Phil Anderson, special assistant to the director. "Thanks to mass marking of hatchery salmon and selective fishing on those stocks, we are able to reach our conservation objectives while providing expanded sport fishing opportunity in many areas of Puget Sound."

"We all recognize that in a negotiation process such as this, no single party gets everything they want," Koenings said.

"The 2005 fishery regulation package negotiated by the state and tribes represents a delicate balance in which the conservation burden and harvest opportunities are shared," he said. "Among the agreements reached by state and tribal fisheries managers is a new management structure for the treaty winter troll chinook fishery."

Recreational ocean salmon fisheries will begin June 26 off Westport; LaPush and Neah Bay-area salmon seasons begin July 1, while fishing off Ilwaco starts July 3. All areas will have a two-salmon daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook, and all chinook must be 24 inches to retain. As in past years, only hatchery coho salmon with a clipped adipose fin can be retained in ocean fisheries.

"Salmon fishing is big business for many rural communities, and we have worked hard to provide recreational and commercial seasons that can bring economic vitality throughout the state," Koenings said.

State and tribal fisheries managers agreed to expand sport fishing opportunities while meeting conservation requirements for protection of several weak stocks, including Snohomish River and mid-Hood Canal chinook salmon, lower Columbia River hatchery coho and coho salmon from British Columbia's Thompson River.

Pink salmon are expected to return in large numbers to several Puget Sound streams, prompting fisheries managers to establish a "bonus" bag limit of two additional pink salmon. Anglers will be able to retain extra pink salmon in marine areas 5 through 11, except Port Susan, where pink retention will not be allowed because of an anticipated weak return of Stillaguamish River fish.

2005 recreational fisheries include:

Marine Area 1 (Leadbetter Point south):

July 3 - Sept. 30. 60,900 coho subquota. Open Sunday through Thursday, two fish daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook. Release wild coho. Minimum size for chinook is 24 inches. Minimum size for coho is 16 inches. Chinook guideline 8,200.

Buoy 10:

Aug. 1-Sept. 30 two fish daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook. Minimum size for chinook is 24 inches; minimum size for coho is 16 inches. Release sockeye, chum and wild coho.

Marine Area 2 (Queets River to Leadbetter Point):

June 26 - Sept. 18: 45,066 coho subquota. Open Sunday through Thursday, two fish daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook. Release wild coho. Minimum size for chinook is 24 inches; minimum size for coho is 16 inches. Chinook guideline is 28,750.

Grays Harbor Control Zone (a line from the lighthouse one mile south of the south jetty to Buoy No. 2 to Buoy No. 3 to the tip of the north jetty to the tip of the exposed end of the south jetty): Closed beginning Aug. 1.

Area 2.1 [east of a line from Leadbetter Point to Cape Shoalwater (Willapa Bay)]:

June 26-Aug. 15: Open concurrent with Marine Area 2 when Area 2 is open for salmon. Area 2 rules apply.

Aug. 16-Jan. 31: Six fish daily limit, no more than two adults; 12-inch minimum size limit. Single-point barbless hooks required.

Area 2.2 [east of a line between tips of exposed jetties (Grays Harbor)]:

West of Buoy 13 line: June 26-Aug. 15, open concurrent with Area 2 when it is open for salmon through July 31 only. Area 2 rules apply. Closed beginning Aug. 1.

East of Buoy 13 line: June 26-Sept. 15, closed for salmon. Sept. 16-Nov. 30: Two fish daily limit, release all chinook; 12 inch minimum size limit; single point barbless hooks required.

Marine Area 3 (Cape Alava to Queets River):

July 1 - Sept. 18. 3,067 coho subquota. Open Tuesday through Saturday, two fish daily limit, no more than one of which may be a chinook. Release wild coho; minimum size for chinook is 24 inches, and minimum size for coho is 16 inches. Chinook guideline is 1,900 fish.

Sept. 24-Oct. 9. LaPush area late season fishery. Two fish daily limit, no more than one of which may be a chinook. Release wild coho. Minimum size for chinook is 24 inches, and minimum size for coho is 16 inches. Fishery restricted to an area north of 47 degrees 50.00 latitude and south of 48 degrees 00.00 north latitude.

Marine Area 4 (U.S. /Canada border to Cape Alava and East to Sekiu River):

July 1 - Sept. 18. 12,667 coho sub quota. Open Tuesday through Saturday, two fish per day, only one of which may be a chinook. Chum non-retention during August and September. Release wild coho; minimum size for chinook is 24 inches; minimum size of coho 16 inches. Chinook guideline: 4,300; chinook non-retention east of Bonilla-Tatoosh line beginning Aug. 1. Closed to salmon fishing July 1-Sept. 30 inside the area bounded by a line from Kydaka Point to Shipwreck Point.

Marine Area 5 (Sekiu and Pillar Point):

May 1-June 30: Closed.

July 1-Aug. 10: Two fish daily limit plus two additional pink. Chinook 22 inch minimum size. Release chum, wild chinook and wild coho. Areas 5 and 6 season quota of 3,500 landed chinook, or 41 days of fishing; afterwards, release all chinook. South of Kydaka Point-Shipwreck Point line - closed to salmon angling.

Aug. 11-Sept. 30: Two fish daily limit, plus two additional pink. Release chinook, wild coho and chum. South of Kydaka Point-Shipwreck Point line - closed to salmon angling.

Oct. 1-Oct. 31: Closed.

Nov. 1-Nov. 30: Two fish daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches.

Dec. 1-Feb. 15: Closed.

Feb. 16-April 10: One fish daily limit. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches.

April 11-30: Closed.

Marine Area 6 (East Juan de Fuca Strait):

May 1-June 30: Closed.

July 1-Aug. 10: Two fish daily limit, plus two additional pink. Chinook 22 inch minimum size; wild coho, chum and chinook release, except west of a true north-south line through 2 Buoy near the tip of Ediz Hood retention of marked chinook allowed; Areas 5 and 6 season quota of 3,500 landed chinook, or 41 days of fishing; afterwards, release all chinook. Port Angeles Harbor west of a line from the tip of Ediz Hook to ITT Rayonier Dock - closed to salmon angling. Dungeness Bay closed to salmon angling.

Aug. 11-Sept. 30: Two fish daily limit, plus two additional pink. Chinook, wild coho and chum release. South of Angeles Point / Observatory Point line - closed to angling through Aug. 31. Port Angeles Harbor west of a line from the tip of Ediz Hook to ITT Rayonier Dock - closed to salmon angling through Aug. 31. Dungeness Day closed to salmon angling.

Oct. 1-31: Closed, except Dungeness Bay open with a two-fish daily limit, coho only.

Nov. 1-Nov. 30: Two fish daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook; minimum size for chinook is 22 inches. Dungeness bay closed to salmon angling.

Dec. 1-Feb. 15: Closed.

Feb. 16-April 10: One fish daily limit. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches. Dungeness Bay closed to salmon angling.

April 11-April 30: Closed.

Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands):

May 1-June 30: Closed.

July 1-31: Two fish daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook, plus two additional pink. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches. Waters of Area 7 in Rosario Strait and the eastern portion of the Strait of Juan de Fuca southerly of a line running true south from the westernmost point on Fidalgo Head to Burrows Island, then westerly and southerly along the shore of Burrows Island to the Burrows Island Lighthouse, then westerly to Bird Rocks, then westerly from Bird Rocks to the southernmost point on Decatur Island, then southerly across Lopez Pass to Lopez Island and following the shore of Lopez Island southerly and westerly to Iceberg Point, then from Iceberg Point to Cattle Point, then south southwest to the Salmon Bank Buoy, and then true south from the Salmon Bank Buoy to the Area 7 boundary, closed to salmon angling. Bellingham and Samish Bay closed to salmon angling.

Aug. 1-Sept. 30: Two fish limit, only one of which may be a chinook, plus two additional pink, release unmarked coho, release chum; Waters of Area 7 in Rosario Strait and the eastern portion of the Strait of Juan de Fuca southerly of a line running true south from the westernmost point on Fidalgo Head to Burrows Island, then westerly and southerly along the shore of Burrows Island to the Burrows Island Lighthouse, then westerly to Bird Rocks, then westerly from Bird Rocks to the southernmost point on Decatur Island, then southerly across Lopez Pass to Lopez Island and following the shore of Lopez Island southerly and westerly to Iceberg Point, then from Iceberg Point to Cattle Point, then south southwest to the Salmon Bank Buoy, and then true south from the Salmon Bank Buoy to the Area 7 boundary, closed to salmon angling. Bellingham Bay closed to salmon angling Aug. 1-15; Samish Bay closed to salmon angling.

Oct. 1-31: Two fish daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook. Samish Bay closed Oct. 1-Oct. 15.

Nov. 1-Nov. 30: Two fish limit, release chinook.

Dec. 1-Jan. 31: Closed.

Feb.1-Mar. 31: One fish daily limit. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches.

April 1-30: Closed.

Bellingham Bay terminal area:

May 1-Aug. 15: Closed to salmon angling.

Aug. 16-Oct. 31: Four fish limit, no more than two chinook (minimum size 22 inches); Samish Bay closed to salmon angling through Oct. 15.

Nov. 1-April 15: Same as Area 7.

April 16-April 30: Closed to salmon angling.

Marine Area 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay):

May 1-July 31: Closed to salmon angling.

Aug. 1-Sept. 30: Two fish limit, release chinook, plus two additional pink.

Oct. 1-April 30: Two fish limit, chinook 22-inch minimum size, release wild chinook.

Marine Area 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner):

May 1-July 31: Closed to salmon angling.

Aug. 1-Sept. 30: Two fish limit, plus two additional pink, release chinook. Area north of a line from Camano Head to the boundary marker approximately 1.4 miles northwest of Hermosa Point; closed to all salmon fishing Aug. 1-Aug. 31 and release pink Sept. 1-Sept. 30.

Oct. 1-April 30: Two fish limit, chinook 22-inch minimum size, release wild chinook.

Tulalip Special Area Recreational Fishery:

Same as Area 8-2, except during the period June 3 through Sept. 26. Open 12:01 a.m. Friday - 11:59 a.m. Monday of each week. Open within Tulalip Special Area boundaries only. Closed east of the line from Mission Point to Hermosa Point. Two fish daily limit. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches.

Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet):

May 1-July 31: Closed

Aug. 1-Sept. 30: Two fish daily limit, plus two additional pink, chinook and chum release.

Oct. 1-Oct. 31: Two fish daily limit, release chinook.

Nov. 1-30: Two fish daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches.

Dec. 1-Jan. 31: Closed.

Edmonds Pier: Open year-round with a two fish daily limit, only one of which one may be a chinook. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches. Chum must be released Aug. 1-Sept. 30.

Marine Area 10 (Seattle-Bremerton):

May 1-June 15: Closed

June 16-June 30: Catch and release in waters north of Meadow Point / Point Monroe line.

July 1-Sept. 30: Two fish daily limit, plus two additional pink, chinook release, chum release Aug. 1 to Sept. 15; Shilshole Bay (east of Meadow Point/West Point line) closed July 1- Aug. 31; Outer Elliott Bay (east of West Point to Alki Point line to Pier 91/Duwamish Head line) closed to salmon angling July 1-Aug. 23. Inner Elliott Bay (east of Pier 91/Duwamish Head line) closed to salmon angling July 1-Aug. 23 except for indicated openings identified in "Inner Elliott Bay" section below. Elliott Bay fishing piers open; see below.

Special gear restrictions in Duwamish Waterways area when open.

See Sinclair Inlet Recreational section below for chinook retention fishery.

Oct. 1-Oct. 15: Two fish daily limit, release chinook.

Oct. 16-Nov. 30: Two fish daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches.

Dec. 1-Jan. 31: One fish daily limit. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches; Agate Pass closure beginning Jan. 1.

Feb. 1-April 30: Closed.

Inner Elliott Bay: July 8-Aug. 22: Open east of Pier 91/Duwamish Head line, weekly, 12:01 a.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday, 7/8-8/22, except closed after 11:59 a.m. on 8/22. Two fish daily limit, plus two additional pink. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches. Release chum Aug. 1-Sept. 22. Special gear restrictions in Duwamish waterways area when open. Aug. 24-April 30: Same regulations as Marine Area 10.

Sinclair Inlet: May 1-June 30: Same regulations as Marine Area 10. July 1-Sept. 30: Open south of Manette Bridge, south of line drawn true west from Battle Point and west of line south from Point White, two fish limit. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches. Release chum Aug. 1-Sept. 15. Same regulations as Area 10 from Oct. 1 to April 30.

Area 10 Piers: Seacrest Pier, Pier 86, Waterman Pier, Bremerton Boardwalk, Illahee State Park Pier: Open year-round with a two-fish daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches. Release all chum Aug. 1-Sept. 15.

Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon):

May 1-May 31: Closed.

June 1-June 30: Two fish daily limit, Commencement Bay closed to salmon fishing east of Cliff House Restaurant/Sperry Dock line.

July 1-Sept. 30: Two fish daily limit, plus two additional pink (minimum size 22 inches on chinook); Commencement Bay closed to salmon fishing east of Cliff House Restaurant/Sperry Dock line through August 12.

Oct. 1-Oct. 31: Two fish daily limit. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches.

Nov. 1-Dec. 31: Two fish daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches.

Jan. 1-Feb. 15: Closed.

Feb. 16-April 10: One fish daily limit. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches.

April 11-30: Closed.

Dash Point Dock, Point Defiance Boathouse Dock, Les Davis Pier, Des Moines Pier and Redondo Pier: Open year-round with a two fish daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches.

Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal):

Entire Area: Closed May 1-June 30.

July 1-Aug. 31: North of Ayock Point - Closed to salmon angling, except see Quilcene/Dabob Bay recreational fishery below.

Sept. 1-Oct. 15: North of Ayock Point, open for coho only with a four fish daily limit.

July 1-Oct. 15: South of Ayock Point, open with a four fish daily limit, only two of which may be chinook. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches. Chum must be released.

Oct. 16-Dec. 31: Entire area open with a four fish daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches.

Jan. 1-Feb. 15: Closed.

Feb. 16-April 10: One fish daily limit. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches.

April 11-30: Closed.

Hoodsport Hatchery Zone: Jan. 1-June 30: Same as Marine Area 12. July 1-Dec. 31: Four fish daily limit, only two of which may be a chinook 24 inches or longer. No minimum size. Release chum July 1-Oct. 15.

Quilcene-Dabob Bay: May 1-Aug. 15: Same as Marine Area 12. Aug. 16-Aug. 31: Four fish daily limit, coho only. Sept. 1-April 30: Same as Marine Area 12.

Marine Area 13 (South Puget Sound):

May 1-May 31: Two fish daily limit. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches. Carr Inlet (north of Penrose Point/Green Point line) closed to salmon angling.

June 1-June 30: Closed.

July 1- Oct. 31: Open with a two fish daily limit. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches. Wild coho must be released July 1-Oct. 31; Carr Inlet (north of Penrose Point/Green Point line) closed July 1-31, except open to flyfishing only for marked hatchery coho; Minter Creek mouth closed through Sept. 30; Lower Budd Inlet closed July 16 through Oct. 31.

Nov. 1-Dec. 31: Two fish daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches.

Jan. 1-April 30: One fish daily limit. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches. Carr Inlet (north of Penrose Point/Green Point line) closed April 16-April 30.

Fox Island Pier Recreational: Open year-round, two fish daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook. Minimum size for chinook is 22 inches. Release wild coho July 1-Oct. 31.