Winter Chinook salmon fishery in Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) extended two days

News release

Contact: Fish Program, 360-902-2700 
Media contact: Mark Yuasa, 360-902-2262 

OLYMPIA – Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) fishery managers announced today to extend winter Chinook salmon fishing in Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) for two additional days (April 14 and 15). 

“We know our winter fisheries have been dynamic in recent years, so being able to add even a couple days of winter fishing is exciting,” said Dr. Kirsten Simonsen, WDFW’s Puget Sound recreational salmon manager.  

WDFW fishery managers worked with the recreational angling community during the season setting process to determine the preferred dates for the winter fisheries and acknowledged the priority for preserving fishing opportunity as long as possible during the winter fishing season. Marine Area 11 was originally scheduled to be open Wednesdays through Saturdays only from March 1 through April 13, except at year-round piers.  

In Marine Area 11, catch estimates for the winter Chinook fishery through April 7, have reached 69% of the total encounters (818 of 1,191), 67% of the unmarked encounters (174 of 269), and 43% of the sublegal encounters (347 of 816). Based on daily catch rates thus far, this allows space for additional days of fishing to be added to the 2024 winter Chinook season. 

The Marine Area 11 daily limit is two salmon including no more than one Chinook. Anglers must release chum and wild Chinook, and the Chinook minimum size is 22 inches. All other salmon species have no minimum size limit. Commencement Bay (east of a line from Cliff House Restaurant to Sperry Ocean Dock) in Marine Area 11 is closed to salmon fishing. 

Marine Area 5 (Sekiu and Pillar Point) is open daily through April 30 or until the guideline is met. In Marine Area 5, the estimated winter Chinook fishery guideline is at 75% of the sublegal encounters through April 7. WDFW will continuously analyze the fishery data collected via test fishing and creel sampling throughout the season. For weekly updates on the status of fisheries, anglers can view the WDFW’s seasonal Puget Sound salmon fishery guidelines and quotas webpage

Check the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet and WDFW’s emergency rules webpage and download the Fish Washington mobile app for up-to-date regulations. 

Salmon fisheries are a result of an annual collaborative state and tribal salmon season-setting process known as North of Falcon. The tentative 2024-2025 salmon seasons will be finalized April 11 in Seattle. For the public meeting schedule with opportunities to participate and provide public feedback, visit WDFW’s North of Falcon webpage. Visit the WDFW North of Falcon FAQs and Glossary for key terms and suggested resources. 

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works to preserve, protect, and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. 

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