OLYMPIA– While sport fishers in northern Puget Sound will have additional fishing opportunities to catch salmon in the Everett area when Marine Area 8-2 opens Aug. 1, the waters within Tulalip Bay will remain closed to fishing through the month of August, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.
"The continued closure of Tulalip Bay is due to the lack of a management agreement between WDFW and the Tulalip Tribes prior to the beginning of salmon fishing in Marine Area 8-2, which includes Port Susan, the southern part of Saratoga Passage, and the Everett and Mukilteo areas," said Rich Lincoln, natural resource policy lead for WDFW. Under federal law, the Tulalips are co-managers of the fishery along with WDFW, he said.
"We are continuing our discussions with the tribe and anticipate completing a cooperative management agreement regarding Tulalip Bay by Aug. 31," Lincoln said.
Lincoln said the continuing closure in Tulalip Bay will not affect the Tulalip Terminal Area fishery – also known as the "Tulalip bubble fishery" – just outside the bay, nor will it have much effect on recreational salmon fishing opportunities in general.
"We don't expect this action to have much of an impact on anglers, since many areas of northern Puget Sound are reporting good abundances of coho," Lincoln said.
The Tulalip Terminal Area fishery, which opened July 1, has a daily limit of two salmon, including one chinook.
Marine Area 8-2, outside the terminal area, through Sept. 30 has a daily limit of four salmon, of which no more than two may be coho or chum. All chinook must be released.