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Marine Area 11

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

Map of Marine Area 11

1Les 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.

2Des 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.

3City of Des Moines Park Conservation Area: CLOSED to fishing for, harvesting, and possession of fish and shellfish.

4South 239th Street Park Conservation Area: CLOSED to fishing for, harvesting, and possession of fish and shellfish.

5Colvos 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.

6Commencement Bay: 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) Before fishing, check Department of Health (DOH) Fish Consumption Advisory at http://www.doh.wa.gov/fishmap or call 1-877-485-7316.

7Saltwater 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.

8Dash 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.

9Les Davis (Octopus Protection Area): CLOSED to the harvest of octopus.

10Redondo Beach (Octopus Protection Area): CLOSED to the harvest of octopus.

11Three Tree Point (Octopus Protection Area): CLOSED to the harvest of octopus.

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
(see exception for Commencement Bay and piers below)

July 1-Sept. 30

Open Thursdays-Sundays only. Closed Monday-Wednesday. Chinook - min. size 22”. Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2 including no more than 1 Chinook. Release wild Chinook and chum.

Oct. 1-Oct. 31

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

Nov. 1-Last day in Feb.

CLOSED.

Mar. 1-Apr. 15

Chinook - min. size 22”. Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2 including no more than 1 Chinook. Release chum and wild Chinook.

Commencement Bay
(see 6 boundaries)

June 1-July 31

CLOSED.

Aug. 1-Sept. 30

Open Thursdays-Sundays only. Closed Monday-Wednesday. Chinook - min. size 22”. Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2 including no more than 1 Chinook. Release wild Chinook and chum.

Oct. 1-Oct. 31

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

Nov. 1-Last day in Feb.

CLOSED.

Mar. 1-Apr. 15

Chinook - min. size 22”. Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2 including no more than 1 Chinook. Release 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 including no more than 1 Chinook. Release chum.

Bottomfish

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