Commercial Puget Sound Smelt Fishery

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UPDATE:  The 2020 Commercial Surf Smelt Fishery is OPEN.  The fishery will be closed by Emergency regulation when the 60,000 pound quota is reached.

General Information:

  • Use the map on this page to find open areas/dates/times.
  • Make your quick reports by 2 p.m. the day after landing to smeltreport@dfw.wa.gov or 844-611-3822.
  • The fishery will close by emergency regulation when the 60,000-pound quota is reached.
  • Questions? Contact Adam Lindquist at adam.lindquist@dfw.wa.gov or 360-951-8371

Regulations

A commercial fishery for smelt is allowed in Puget Sound waters using drag (beach) seine gear with area, timing, and gear restrictions.

Regulations on commercial fishing for smelt in Puget Sound include:

  • An annual quota of 60,000 pounds.
  • Openings from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday during seasonal openings in each area.

For more information, see:

  • 220-356-050 Puget Sound forage fish commercial fisheries—General provisions
  • 220-356-060 Puget Sound herring, anchovy and smelt commercial fisheries—Drag seine
  • 220-356-070 Puget Sound herring and anchovy commercial fisheries—Purse seine
  • 220-356-080 Puget Sound herring and anchovy commercial fisheries—Dip bag net
  • 220-356-190 Puget Sound smelt commercial fishery—Seasons
  • 220-356-200 Puget Sound smelt commercial fishery—Weekly periods

If needed, an emergency regulation will be enacted when the annual commercial fishery quota is expected to be reached.

2020 Landings

  • Annual quota: 60,000 pounds
  • Total landed: 28,332 pounds
  • % of Quota: 47%
Fishing Time Frame Pounds
1/01/2020 - 1/02/2020 0
1/06/2020 - 1/09/2020 0
1/13/2020 - 1/16/2020 0
1/20/2020 - 1/23/2020 0
1/27/2020 - 1/30/2020 0
2/03/2020 - 2/06/2020 0
2/10/2020 - 2/13/2020 0
2/17/2020 -2/20/2020 0
2/24/2020 - 2/27/2020 0
3/2/2020 - 3/5/2020 16
3/9/2020 - 3/12/2020 5
3/16/2020 - 3/19/2020 0
3/23/2020 - 3/26/2020 50
3/30/2020 - 4/2/2020 0
4/6/2020 - 4/9/2020

255

4/13/2020 - 4/16/2020 148
4/20/2020 - 4/23/2020 230
4/27/2020 - 4/30/2020 42
5/4/2020 - 5/7/2020 0
5/11/2020 - 5/14/2020 0
5/18/2020 - 5/21/2020 0
5/25/2020 -  5/28/2020 0
6/1/2020 - 6/4/2020 0
6/8/2020 - 6/11/2020 0
6/15/2020 - 6/18/2020 0
6/22/2020 - 6/25/2020 0
6/29/2020 - 7/2/2020

840

7/6/2020 - 7/9/2020 1744
7/13/2020 - 7/16/2020 2546
7/20/2020 - 7/23/2020 947
7/27/2020 - 7/30/2020

2320

8/3/2020 - 8/6/2020 2130
8/10/2020 - 8/13/2020 4954
8/17/2020 - 8/20/2020 2453
8/24/2020 - 8/27/2020 4094
8/31/2020 - 9/3/2020 0
9/7/2020 - 9/10/2020 0
9/14/2020 - 9/17/2020 0
9/21/2020 - 9/24-2020 0
9/28/2020 - 10/1/2020 5548
10/5/2020 - 10/8/2020 0