Chum retention opens in deep South Sound and Kennedy Creek, remains open in Carr Inlet

November 15, 2023

Chum retention opens in deep South Sound and Kennedy Creek, remains open in Carr Inlet

Action:  Opens chum salmon retention within portions of Marine Area 13 and Kennedy Creek listed below.

Effective date:  Immediately, through Dec. 7, 2023

Species affected: Chum salmon

Deep south sound and Carr Inlet
Photo by WDFW


  • Marine Area 13 waters northerly and westerly of a line projected from the Johnson Point (47°10'40.8"N, 122°48'53.3"W) to Devil’s Head (47°10'01.2"N, 122°46'01.5"W).
  • Marine Area 13 waters of Carr Inlet northerly of a line projected from Penrose Point (47°15'53.6"N, 122°44'11.5"W) to Green Point (47°16'55.2"N, 122°41'41.8"W)
  • Kennedy Creek:  From mouth (an arc 500 yards east of the midpoint of the northbound Hwy. 101 Bridge) to the northbound Hwy. 101 Bridge


  • Marine Area 13, deep South Sound and Carr Inlet (waters listed above):  Salmon daily limit two (2). Chinook minimum size 22”. Other salmon species no minimum size. Release wild coho and wild Chinook.
  • Kennedy Creek:  Mouth to northbound Hwy. 101 Bridge (described above):  Salmon daily limit two (2). Minimum size 12”. Release wild coho and wild Chinook. Night Closure and Selective gear rules in effect.

Reason for action:  In-season estimates of chum returns to Puget Sound indicate that there are sufficient returning numbers to allow for limited recreational harvest in the areas listed and presents low risk of negatively impacting natural stocks returning to South Sound. These actions have been agreed to with co-managers.

Additional information: Waters of Marine Area 13 not covered above (which include waters surrounding Anderson Island and around the Nisqually River) remain under rules listed in the 2023/2024 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet and require release of chum salmon.  Reminder, Kennedy Creek remains closed to all fishing and harvest other than the salmon opportunity listed.

Information contact:  Fish Program, (360) 902-2700

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on definitions and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at 360-902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call toll free 866-880-5431.

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