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Marine Area 12

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(All waters south of the Hood Canal 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 CLOSED CLOSED to fishing for, retaining, or possessing.
Herring, Anchovy, Sardine, Sand Lance, and Smelt CLOSED CLOSED to fishing for, retaining, or possessing.
Pacific Halibut CLOSED CLOSED to fishing for, retaining, or possessing.
Other Food Fish CLOSED CLOSED to fishing for, retaining, or possessing.
All Other Fish CLOSED CLOSED to fishing for, retaining, or possessing.

Salmon

North of Ayock Point Aug. 1-Aug. 31 No min. size. Daily limit 4 coho only. Only open north of a true east line from the mouth of Turner Creek to the Toandos Peninsula. See 8 Quilcene Bay Fishery below.
Sept. 1-Sept. 30 No min. size. Daily limit 4. Release Chinook and chum. See Tarboo Bay and Mouth Closures below.
South of Ayock Point July 1-Sept. 30 Chinook – min. size 20″. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 4. Release chum and wild Chinook. See Mouth Closures below. Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement.
Entire Area Oct. 1-Nov. 30 No min. size. Daily limit 4. Release Chinook. Oct. 1-Oct. 15: release chum. See Tarboo Bay Closure below.
Hoodsport Hatchery Zone (see below for boundaries) July 1-Nov. 30 No min. size. Daily limit 4. Release wild Chinook. Night closure. July 1-Oct. 15: release chum. Oct. 1-Nov. 30: release Chinook. Please respect private property adjacent to hatchery (see map and description below).

BOTTOMFISH

See Definitions.
Flounders, Sole, and Sanddabs Year-round Open north of a true east line from the mouth of Turner Creek to the Toandos Peninsula in waters shallower than 120′ (20 fathoms). Daily limit is a total of 15. See 8 below. Descending device required onboard vessels.
Lingcod CLOSED CLOSED to fishing for, retaining, or possessing.
Surfperch CLOSED CLOSED to fishing for, retaining, or possessing.
Rockfish CLOSED CLOSED to fishing for, retaining, or possessing.
Pacific Cod, Pollock, Hake, and Wolf-Eel CLOSED CLOSED to fishing for, retaining, or possessing.
Sixgill, Sevengill, and Thresher Sharks CLOSED Closed to fishing for, retaining, or possessing. Sixgill shark may not be removed from the water.
Cabezon CLOSED CLOSED to fishing for, retaining, or possessing.

Hoodsport Hatchery Zone: Waters within a 2,000′ arc seaward of the yellow marker buoys at the mouth of Finch Creek July 1-Nov. 30: see Hoodsport Hatchery Zone above for rules. Visitors, please be aware that walking or wading onto private property or tidelands adjacent to the hatchery without permission is considered criminal trespass and will be enforced. Please stay within the state-owned tidelands in front of the hatchery complex. The north and south boundaries are clearly marked by signs and floating buoys for your benefit. Closure of these waters may occur if trespassing continues.

Hoodsport Hatchery Closure: All waters between 2 yellow buoys at the mouth of Finch Creek and the hatchery weir (walkway); and all waters within the channel created by Finch Creek on exposed tidelands, and fishing from any part of the Hoodsport Hatchery structure, CLOSED to fishing year-round, except persons with disabilities who permanently use a wheelchair AND who have a designated harvester companion card may fish from the ADA-accessible site at the Hoodsport Salmon Hatchery, provided such persons follow all applicable rules and regulations of the adjoining waters of Marine Area 12.

Hood Canal Shrimp District: All waters of Hood Canal south of the Hood Canal floating bridge.

Marine Area 12 Map

1

Sund Rock Conservation Area: Waters, tidelands, and bedlands enclosed by a line originating at the shore of Hood Canal, at the mouth of Sund Creek (47°26.4’N, 123°7.1’W), then due east to 123°6.9’W, then due south to 47°26’N, then due west until it intersects the beach, then north along the ordinary high water line to the point of origin, including all of the underwater feature known as Sund Rock, CLOSED to fishing for, harvesting, and possession of fish and shellfish except tideland owners and their families may still harvest clams, oysters, and mussels from their property.

2

Enetai Hatchery Outfall Closure: Waters within 100 yards of the Enetai Hatchery outfall CLOSED year-round to fishing for food fish.

3

Big Beef Closure: Aug. 1-Nov. 30: Waters within 100′ of the Seabeck Hwy. NW Big Beef Creek Bridge CLOSED to fishing for food fish.

4

Dewatto, Dosewallips, Duckabush, Hamma Hamma, and Skokomish Mouth Closures: July 1-Sept. 30: All waters within channels created by exposed tidelands are CLOSED to fishing for salmon.

5

Octopus Hole Conservation Area: Waters, tidelands, and bedlands of Hood Canal from ordinary highwater to 200 yards due east in an area starting at latitude 47°26.67’N (the first bulkhead south of the sign for Octopus Hole) and extending north 1⁄3 of a mile to 47°27.02’N are CLOSED to harvest, except tideland owners and their families may still harvest clams, oysters, and mussels from their property.

6

Waketickeh Creek Conservation Area: Waters and bedlands from Waketickeh Creek (located 1,000 yards NE of Cummings Pt.) out perpendicular to shore 500 yards, then parallel to shore northeast 1,700 yards, then back to shore along a line perpendicular to shore, excluding the area within 100′ of ordinary high water – CLOSED to fishing for, harvesting, and possession of fish and shellfish.

7

Tarboo Bay Closure: Sept. 16-Dec. 31: Waters north of Broad Spit (northern Dabob Bay) CLOSED to fishing for salmon.

8

Flounder, Sole, and Sanddab Fishery: North of a true east line from the mouth of Turner Creek to the Toandos Peninsula in waters shallower than 120′ (20 fathoms). See season information above. Quilcene Bay Fishery: Aug. 1-Aug. 31: North of a true east line from the mouth of Turner Creek to the Toandos Peninsula open for SALMON. See season information above.