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Marine Area 10

Fishing Regulations Icon Washington Fishing

(From the Apple Cove Point-Edwards Point to a line projected true east-west through the north tip of Vashon Island)

SPECIES

SEASON

ADDITIONAL RULES

Trout Year-round Catch-and-release.
Steelhead Year-round Daily limit 2 hatchery steelhead.
Sturgeon Year-round Catch-and-release.
Mackerel Year-round No min. size. No daily limit.
Herring, Anchovy, Sardine, Sand Lance, and Smelt Year-round No min. size. Daily limit 10 lbs., all species combined. All smelt caught must be kept and count toward the daily limit except Closed to eulachon (Columbia River smelt). For smelt: Jig gear may be used 7 days a week. Dipnets may be used from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Fridays through Tuesdays.
Pacific Halibut Check the WDFW website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/halibut or call (360) 902-2700 in April 2021 for information on Pacific halibut seasons and regulations. No min. size. Daily limit 1. Annual limit 4. Descending device required onboard vessels.
Other Food Fish Year-round No min. size. Daily limit 2 of each species. See Definitions.
All Other Fish CLOSED CLOSED to fishing for, retaining, or possessing.

Salmon

Entire Area June 1-July 15 No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum. See Harbor Island (Duwamish Waterways) Special Rules, Shilshole Bay Closure, Elliott Bay Closures and Fishery, and Sinclair Inlet Fishery below.
July 16-Aug. 31 Chinook – min. size 22″. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Only 1 Chinook may be retained. Release chum and wild Chinook. See Harbor Island (Duwamish Waterways) Special Rules, Shilshole Bay Closure, Elliott Bay Closures and Fishery, and Sinclair Inlet Fishery below. Season may close earlier if Chinook quota is attained.
Sept. 1-Nov. 15 No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook. Sept. 1-Sept. 15: release chum. See Harbor Island (Duwamish Waterways) Special Rules and Sinclair Inlet Fishery below.
Jan. 1-Mar. 31 Chinook – min. size 22″. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 1. Release wild Chinook. See Agate Pass Area below. Season may close earlier if Chinook guideline is attained.
East Elliott Bay Fishery (see 5 below for boundaries) July 31-Aug. 3 (noon) Chinook – min. size 22″. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Release chum. Additional openings may occur. See wdfw.wa.gov. See East Elliott Bay Closure and Fishery and Harbor Island (Duwamish Waterways) Closure and Special Rules.
Sinclair Inlet Fishery (see 10  below for boundaries) July 1-Sept. 30 Chinook – min. size 22″. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 3. Release wild coho and wild Chinook. Aug. 1-Sept. 15: release chum. See Gorst Creek Mouth Closure below. Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement.
Bremerton Boardwalk, Illahee State Park Pier, Seacrest Pier,
and Waterman Pier
Year-round Chinook – min. size 22″. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Only 1 Chinook may be retained. Aug. 1-Sept. 15: release chum.

Bottomfish

Year-round season. Daily limit is a total of 15 bottomfish (see Definitions) subject to individual limits and seasons as shown below. See Agate Pass Area below. Fishing for bottomfish prohibited in waters deeper than 120′. Descending device required onboard vessels.
Lingcod May 1-June 15 Hook and line season. Min. size 26″. Max. size 36″. Daily limit 1.
May 21-June 15 Spearfishing season. Max. size 36″. Daily limit 1.
Surfperch Year-round No min. size. Daily limit 10.

Except shiner perch daily limit 15: not included in bottomfish limit.

Rockfish CLOSED CLOSED to fishing for, retaining, or possessing.
Pacific Cod, Pollock, Hake, and Wolf-Eel Year-round CLOSED to retention.
Sixgill, Sevengill, and Thresher Sharks CLOSED CLOSED to fishing for, retaining, or possessing. Sixgill shark may not be removed from the water.
Cabezon May 1-Nov. 30 Min. size 18″. Daily limit 1.

Marine Area 10 Map

1

Shilshole Bay Closure: July 1-Aug. 31: waters of Shilshole Bay southeast of a line from Meadow Point to West Point CLOSED to fishing for salmon.

2

Chittenden Locks Closure: Waters between Chittenden Locks and the Burlington-Northern Railroad bridge CLOSED to fishing. It is illegal to fish for food fish east of a line which is parallel to the Burlington-Northern Railroad bridge and approximately 175′ west of the bridge, and which runs through the wooden piling tower structure near the south shore (west of the Chittenden Locks).

3

Elliott Bay Public Fishing Pier: Waters within 100 yards of the Elliott Bay Public Fishing Pier CLOSED to fishing for food fish and the harvest of shellfish.

4

West Elliott Bay Closure: Waters of Elliott Bay east of a line from West Point to Alki Point up to a line from Duwamish Head to Pier 91 July 1-Aug. 31: CLOSED to fishing for salmon.

5

East Elliott Bay Closure and Fishery: Waters of Elliott Bay east of a line from Duwamish Head to Pier 91 up to the mouth of the Duwamish River including 6 Harbor Island (Duwamish Waterways), closed to fishing for salmon July 1-Aug. 31 except, July 31-Aug. 3 (12:00 p.m.): OPEN to fishing for salmon. See season information above.

6

Harbor Island (Duwamish Waterways) Closure and Special Rules: North of an east-west line through the southernmost tip of Harbor Island (Duwamish River Mouth) to a line extending from Jack Block Park through the northernmost tip of Harbor Island extending to shore northeast of the North Waterway, closed to fishing for salmon July 1-Aug. 31 except, July 31-Aug. 3 (12:00 p.m.), same salmon rules as East Elliott bay Fishery. See season information above. July 1-Oct. 31: night closure, unlawful to use forage fish jig gear, anti-snagging rule, and only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

7

Seacrest Park Coves 1, 2, and 3 (Octopus Protection Area): CLOSED to the harvest of octopus.

8

Alki Beach Junk Yard (Octopus Protection Area): CLOSED to the harvest of octopus.

9

Orchard Rocks Conservation Area: Waters and bedlands of Rich Passage within a 400 yard radius of Orchard Rocks CLOSED to fishing for, harvesting, and possession of fish and shellfish. Closure does not affect privately owned fish in net pens and the harvest of clams, oysters, and mussels by tideland owners and their families.

10

Sinclair Inlet Fishery: Waters of Sinclair Inlet and Port Orchard south of the Manette Bridge in Bremerton, south of a line drawn true west from Battle Point, and west of a line drawn true south from Point White – same rules as Marine Area 10 – entire area, except July 1-Sept. 30.

11

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton: All waters within 150′ of the pier head line CLOSED to fishing for food fish at all times.

12

Gorst Creek Mouth Closure: All waters within channels created by exposed tidelands July 1-Sept. 30: CLOSED to fishing for salmon.

13

Agate Pass Area: Jan. 1-Mar. 31: catch-and-release and fly fishing only in waters west of a line from Point Monroe to Indianola and east of a line from Point Bolin to Battle Point. Lead-core line prohibited.

Seattle Marine Preserves: Note signs at beach entrances. The area from high tide to minus 4.5′ (extreme low water) between the coordinates listed below is closed to harvest except for finfish by hook and line.

A

Carkeek Park Marine Preserve

122°22.82’W, 47°42.53’N to a sign at 122°22.79’W, 47°42.73’N AND 200 yards of beach starting 300 yards north of 122°22.79’W, 47°42.73’N

B

Golden Gardens Marine Preserve

122°24.12’W, 47°41.86’N south to the walkway sign

C

Discovery Park Marine Preserve

122°25.53’W, 47°39.45’N northeast to the sign at sidewalk AND 122°25.35’W, 47°40.06’N to a sign posted at 122°25.07’W, 47°40.19’N

D

Richey Viewpoint Marine Preserve

From the north edge of the park at 122°25.15’W, 47°34.50’N to 122°24.82’W, 47°34.34’N

E

Emma Schmitz Memorial Marine Preserve

The residential property fence at 122°24.44’W, 47°33.89’N south to SW Oregon St.

F

Lincoln Park Marine Preserve

The flagpole at 122°24.08’W, 47°31.83’N to the sign posted at 122°23.67’W, 47°31.55’N

Before fishing, check DOH Fish Consumption advisories for Dyes Inlet (Ostrich Bay), Eagle Harbor, King County, Manchester State Park, and Sinclair Inlet, at http://www.doh.wa.gov/fishmap or call 1-877-485-7316.