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Marine Area 11

Fishing Regulations Icon Washington Fishing

(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 July 1-Sept. 30 Chinook – min. size 22″. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Only 1 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.
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.

BOTTOMFISH

Year-round season. Daily limit is a total of 15 bottomfish (see  ) 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.

 

Derelict Fishing Gear

Report lost or abandoned commercial nets or pots

There are no penalties associated with reporting lost commercial fishing gear.

The Derelict Fishing Gear Removal Project is a no-fault program. The goals are simply to remove lost and abandoned commercial gear, to help restore Puget Sound, to improve public safety, and to assist species recovery.

Nets are dangerous! Never attempt to remove them. Divers, stay a safe distance away.

Still Fishing After All These Years

Lost and abandoned commercial fishing gear continues to fish, impacting marine animals and destroying their habitat, entangling divers, and damaging propellers and rudders of boats.

What’s being done?

Federal, state, tribal, and local governments, NGOs, and grassroots organizations and individuals are collaborating to protect and restore Washington marine resources by locating and removing harmful commercial derelict fishing gear.

How can you help?

Record as much information as you can when you find commercial derelict gear, including:

  • Date of sighting
  • Type of gear
  • Approximate water depth
  • General location
  • Latitude (example 48.34333)
  • Longitude (example -123.00333)

You can report this information to:

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

(Toll Free) 855-542-3935

Northwest Straits Marine Conservative Initiative

360-733-1725 or go to

https://nwstraitsfoundation.org/derelict-gear