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Marine Area 1

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(West of the Buoy 10 line at the Columbia River mouth, from the state line 46.15, N. Lat., north to Leadbetter Point)

SPECIES SEASON ADDITIONAL RULES
Trout Year-round Catch-and-release.
Steelhead Year-round Daily limit 2 hatchery steelhead.
Sturgeon Year-round Catch-and-release.
Tuna and Mackerel Year-round No min. size. No daily limit except Northern bluefin, skipjack, and yellowfin tuna daily limit of 2 each.
Herring, 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).
Anchovy and Sardine Year-round No min. size. Daily limit 25 lbs., all species combined. May be taken by a cast net.
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. See the Nearshore Halibut Fishery below. 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 Open through Sept. 30, 2020 Chinook – min. size 22″. Coho – min. size 16″. Other salmon species – no min. size. June 20-June 28: Daily limit 1. Release all coho.June 29-Sept 30: Daily limit 2. Only 1 Chinook may be retained. Release wild coho. Season may close earlier if quota of 13,250 hatchery coho or 7,000 Chinook guideline is attained. See Control Zone 1 closure below. Note: season may change depending on in season catch projections. See wdfw.wa.gov.
May-June, 2021 Check the WDFW website at wdfw.wa.gov or call (360) 902-2700 in late April 2021 for information on the 2021 salmon season.
Bottomfish
Second Sat. in Mar.-Third Sat. in Oct. Daily limit is 9 bottomfish (see definition page 16) except surfperch and flatfish. Subject to individual limits and seasons shown below. No bottomfish may be landed in Marine Area 1 if a halibut is onboard except: sablefish, Pacific cod, all flatfish species, yellowtail, widow, canary, redstriped, greenstriped, slivergray, chilipepper, bocaccio, and blue/deacon rockfish, lingcod north of the OR/WA border, and within the Nearshore Halibut Fishery. See Nearshore Halibut Fishery (see below). Descending device required onboard vessels.
Lingcod Second Sat. in Mar.-Third Sat. in Oct. Daily limit 2. No retention or possession seaward of a line drawn from 46°38.17′ N Lat., 124°21.00′ W Lon., to 46°33.00′ N Lat., 124°21.00′ W Lon except June 1-June 15 and Sept. 1-Sept. 30.
Surfperch Second Sat. in Mar.-Third Sat. in Oct.Year-round from beach Not included in bottomfish limit. No min. size. Daily limit 12 surfperch. Except shiner perch daily limit 15: not included in bottomfish limit. When bottomfish is CLOSED: fishing from North Jetty prohibited.
Rockfish Second Sat. in Mar.-Third Sat. in Oct. No min. size. Daily limit 7. No yelloweye may be retained.
Cabezon Second Sat. in Mar.-Third Sat. in Oct. No min. size. Daily limit 1.
Flatfish (Dabs, Sole, Flounder) Second Sat. in Mar.-Third Sat. in Oct. No min. size. In addition to the 9 bottomfish daily limit, 5 additional flatfish may be retained.
Sixgill, Sevengill, and Thresher Sharks CLOSED CLOSED to fishing for, retaining, or possessing. Sixgill shark may not be removed from the water.

Control Zone 1: An area at the Columbia River mouth bounded on the west by a line running northeast/southwest between the red lighted Buoy #4 (46°13.58’N/124°06.83’W) and the green lighted Buoy #7 (46°15.15’N/124°06.27’W); on the east by the Buoy #10 line which bears north/south at 357° true from the south jetty at 46°14’N/124°03.12’W to its intersection with the north jetty; on the north by a line running northeast/southwest between the green lighted Buoy #7 to the tip of the north jetty (46°15.8’N/124°05.33’W), and then along the north jetty to the point of intersection with the Buoy #10 line; and on the south by a line running northeast/southwest between the red lighted Buoy #4 and the tip of the south jetty (46°14.05’N/124°04.08’W), and then along the south jetty to the point of intersection with the Buoy #10 line, is CLOSED to fishing for salmon at all times except open to fishing from the north jetty when adjacent waters north of the Control Zone are open to fishing for salmon or the Buoy 10 fishery is open.

Buoy 10 season: See Columbia River listing in Columbia Basin Rivers-Special Rules section.

Buoy 10 Line: Defined as a true north and south line projected through Buoy 10, which marks the channel leading into the Columbia River at its mouth (a line from the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center atop Cape Disappointment Rock through Buoy 10 to the south jetty).

Columbia River North Jetty: fishing for salmon and steelhead is open 7 days a week when Marine Area 1 or Buoy 10 areas are open for salmon. The daily limit and minimum size restrictions follow the most liberal regulations of either of these areas. Single-point barbless hooks required for salmon and steelhead. A saltwater or combination license is required to fish the north jetty.

Reciprocity Rules: When angling or deploying shellfish gear from a vessel in the concurrent waters of the Columbia River or the Pacific Ocean within 3 miles of shore between Cape Falcon, Oregon, and Leadbetter Point, Washington, either a Washington or an Oregon fishing license is valid. NOTE: When fishing in Oregon waters, you are required to follow Oregon regulations including catch limits even if returning into a Washington port.

Nearshore Halibut Fishery: Bottomfish may be retained with halibut on board in the Nearshore Halibut Fishery. The nearshore area is defined as waters shoreward of 46°38.17’N. latitude 124°15.88’W. Lon., to the WA/OR border at 46°16.00’N Lat., 124°15.88’W Lon., then connecting to the 40 fathom depth contour in Oregon. Check the WDFW website at: https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/re… or call (360) 902-2700 for information on Pacific halibut seasons and regulations.