Marine Area 3 recreational salmon season update

August 25, 2023

Action: Allows retention of wild coho.

Effective date: Aug. 26 through Oct. 7, 2023

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 3.


  • Aug. 26 through Sept. 30: Daily limit 2. Chinook min. size 24”. Coho min. size 16”. Other salmon species no min. size. Release chum.
  • Oct.1 through Oct. 2: Closed.
  • Oct. 3 through Oct. 7: Open only in the area north of 47°50'00 N. lat. and south of 48°00'00" N. lat. Daily limit 1 Chinook only. Chinook min. size 24”. Release all salmon other than Chinook.

Reason for action: Percentages of adipose marked coho have been lower than expected in ocean salmon fisheries this season. Quotas have been adjusted downward in a manner to ensure that impacts to wild coho are not increased from preseason expected rates and will remain within conservation limits by allowing their retention.

Additional information: Marine Areas 1 through 4 are scheduled to close Sept. 30, with an additional late season opening in Area 3 in early October, but areas could close earlier if quotas are met.

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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