Commercial Puget Sound Smelt Fishery

Map of commercial smelt seasons in Puget Sound

UPDATE:  The 2024 Commercial Puget Sound 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 or 844-611-3822.
  • The fishery will close by emergency regulation when the 60,000-pound quota is reached.
  • Questions about Surf Smelt Fisheries in Puget Sound? Contact Emily Seubert at
  • If you are looking for information about Eulachon (Columbia River Smelt) in the Lower Columbia or Cowlitz Rivers, please contact the Region 5 Office at or 360-696-6211


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.

2024 Landings

  • Annual quota: 60,000 pounds
  • Total landed:  0 pounds
  • % of Quota: 0
MonthLandings (in pounds)
January 20240
February 20240
March 20240
April 20240

2023 Monthly Landings

MonthLandings (in pounds)
January 20230
February 20230
March 20230
April 20230
May 20230
June 20230
July 20239465
August 202312924
September 20235098
October 20233175
November 20230
December 20230