Skip to main content

Washington

Fishing

Marine Area 11

Marine Area 11 - Tacoma-Vashon Island

(From the north tip of Vashon Island to the Northernmost Tacoma Narrows Bridge)

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

CLOSED

CLOSED to fishing for, retaining, or possessing.

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 16-Sept. 30

Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Only 1 hatchery Chinook may be retained. Release wild Chinook. See Commencement Bay Closure below. Season may close earlier if Chinook quota is attained.

Oct. 1-Oct. 31

No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum.

Nov. 1-Dec. 31

Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Release coho, chum, and wild Chinook.

Dash Point Dock, Des Moines Pier, Les Davis Pier, Point Defiance Boathouse Dock, and Redondo Pier

Year-round

Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Only 1 Chinook may be retained. Release chum.

Bottomfish

Year-round season. Daily limit is a total of 15 bottomfish (see Definitions) subject to individual limits and seasons shown 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 11 Map

1

Les Davis Fishing Pier: Waters within 100 yards of the Les Davis Fishing Pier, CLOSED to fishing for food fish and to the harvest of shellfish except when fishing from the pier.

2

Des Moines Fishing Pier: Waters within 100 yards of the Des Moines Public Fishing Pier, CLOSED to fishing for food fish and to the harvest of shellfish except when fishing from the pier.

3

City of Des Moines Park Conservation Area: CLOSED to fishing for, harvesting, and possession of fish and shellfish.

4

South 239th Street Park Conservation Area: CLOSED to fishing for, harvesting, and possession of fish and shellfish.

5

Colvos Passage Marine Preserve: Area enclosed by a line starting at extreme low water 300' SW of the southern boundary of Sunrise County Park, Pierce Co. (latitude 47°20.9'N) due east 300', then southwesterly paralleling the shoreline for 500', then west to the extreme low water line, then northeasterly along extreme low water line to point of origin, CLOSED to all harvest, except salmon trolling allowed.

6

Commencement Bay Closure: Waters east of a line bearing 215° true (195°30' magnetic) from the Cliff House Restaurant on north shore (approximate position 47°17.85'N, 122°25.90'W) through Sperry Ocean Dock (approximate position 47°16.43'N, 122°27.37'W) - Apr. 1- Apr. 30, and July 1-July 31: CLOSED to fishing for salmon. Aug. 1-Mar. 31: same rules as Marine Area 11 - ENTIRE AREA. Before fishing, check Department of Health (DOH) Fish Consumption Advisory at http://www.doh.wa.gov/fishmap or call 1-877-485-7316.

7

Saltwater State Park Marine Preserve: Those waters, bedlands, and tidelands of Saltwater State Park within a line projected from the northernrmost marker at the DNR high tide line through 122°19.65'W, 47°22.42'N; then to 122°19.74'W, 47°22.44'N; then to 122°19.77'W, 47°22.36'N, then to 122°19.68'W, 47°22.34'N; then to the southernmost marker on the shoreline and back along the high tide line to the northermost marker, CLOSED to all harvest.

8

Dash Point Dock: Waters within 100 yards of the Dash Point Dock, CLOSED to fishing for food fish and to the harvest of shellfish except when fishing from the pier.

9

Les Davis (Octopus Protection Area): CLOSED to the harvest of octopus.

10

Redondo Beach (Octopus Protection Area): CLOSED to the harvest of octopus.

11

Three Tree Point (Octopus Protection Area): CLOSED to the harvest of octopus.

Washington