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April 27, 2012
Contact: Pat Pattillo, (360) 902-2705

Tulalip Bay 'bubble' salmon
fishery delayed until May 18

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will delay the start of the salmon fishery at the Tulalip Bay Terminal Area by two weeks to accommodate the Tulalip Tribes’ ceremonial and subsistence fisheries.

The recreational salmon fishery in the Tulalip Bay Terminal Area – known as the “bubble” – is now scheduled to open Friday, May 18. That fishery was originally scheduled to open May 4.

“At the request of the Tulalip Tribes, we are delaying the sport fishery by two weeks to ensure treaty tribal fishers can meet their ceremonial and subsistence fishing needs,” said Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator for WDFW.

Even with the delay, the Tulalip bubble will be open for recreational salmon fishing two weeks earlier than in previous years, said Pattillo.

Beginning May 18, the Tulalip Bay Terminal Area will be open Friday through noon Monday each week through Sept. 3. The exception is June 9, when the bubble is closed for the Tulalip Tribes salmon ceremony. Beginning Sept. 8, the bubble will be open only on Saturday and Sunday of each week through Sept. 23.

Pattillo reminds salmon anglers fishing the bubble this year that they will be allowed to use two fishing poles from June 10 through Sept. 23, with the purchase of a two pole endorsement.