Commercial Puget Sound Smelt Fishery

Map of commercial smelt seasons in Puget Sound
WDFW

UPDATE:  The 2019 Commercial Surf Smelt Fishery has reached the quota and is now CLOSED by Emergency Regulation.  The fishery will reopen January 1st, 2020.  

 

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 360-902-2704 or adam.lindquist@dfw.wa.gov

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.

2019 Landings

  • Annual quota: 60,000 pounds
  • Total landed: 60,088 pounds
  • % of Quota: 100.1 percent
Fishing Time Frame Pounds
9/25/2019 2,655
9/24/2019 100
9/23/2019 1,359
9/16/2019 - 9/19/2019 900
9/9/2019 - 9/12/2019 2,055
9/2/2019 - 9/5/2019 6,022
8/26/2019 - 8/29/2019 5,862
8/19/2019 - 8/22/2019 5,792
8/12/2019 - 8/15/2019 6,846
8/5/2019 - 8/8/2019 4,051
7/29/2019 - 8/1/2019 7,015
7/22/2019 - 7/25/2019 4,270
7/15/2019 - 7/18/2019 2,026
7/8/2019 - 7/11/2019 7,081
7/1/2019 - 7/4/2019 3,190
6/24/2019 - 6/27/2019 0
6/17/2019 - 6/20/2019 453
6/10/2019 - 6/13/2019 0
6/3/2019 - 6/6/2019 70
5/27/2019 - 5/30/2019 0
5/20/2019 - 5/23/2019 0
5/13/2019 - 5/16/2019 0
5/6/2019 - 5/9/2019 341
4/29/2019 - 5/2/2019 0
4/22/2019 - 4/25/2019 0
4/15/2019 - 4/18/2019 0
4/8/2019 - 4/11/2019 0
4/1/2019 - 4/4/2019 0
3/25/2019 - 3/28/2019 0
3/18/2019 - 3/21/2019 0
3/11/2019 - 3/14/2019 0
3/04/2019 - 3/07/2019 0
2/25/2019 - 2/28/2019 0
2/18/2019 - 2/21/2019 0
2/11/2019 - 2/14/2019 0
2/04/2019 - 2/07/2019 0
1/28/2019 - 1/31/2019 0
1/21/2019 - 1/24/2019 0
1/14/2019 - 1/17/2019 0
1/07/2019 - 1/10/2019 0
1/01/2019 - 1/03/2019 0