Area 7 consists of marine waters south of the Canadian border that contains the San Juan Islands and Bellingham Bay area. This area provides some very scenic fishing opportunities during the summer on bottomfish and returning Chinook, sockeye, and pink salmon to Puget Sound and the Fraser River. When the weather cooperates during the winter, some excellent blackmouth fishing occurs. During odd years, an additional two pink salmon can be kept which will make the trip much more worthwhile for kids and other new anglers to bring home a few fish for the grill; however during 2017 there will be no bonus limit due to the lower forecast but you can keep pink salmon as part of your daily limit. Consider trying to catch a few tasty sockeye during the summer that are returning to the Fraser River by fishing early in the morning and slow with small pink hootchies or spoons. Winter resident salmon fishing is a unique opportunity to catch salmon in the 'off-season' and typically runs from January through April. For those who don't have a big boat to make the run into the islands, consider fishing the more protected waters within Bellingham Bay during the Chinook, coho and perhaps pink run starting mid-August through the end of September.
Anglers who plan to fish for salmon in Canadian marine waters and return in their boats with their catch to Washington are required to notify WDFW before leaving state waters.