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Marine Area 2

Marine Area 2 - Westport - Ocean Shores

Marine Area 2-1 (Willapa Bay) and Marine Area 2-2 (Grays Harbor)

Marine Area 2 Definition: from Leadbetter Point north to the Queets River, excluding Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor

Marine Area 2-1 (Willapa Bay) Definition: east of a line from Leadbetter Point (46°39.20' N, 124° 3.516' W) due west to 46°39.20' N, 124° 5.3' W then due north to the westerly most landfall on Cape Shoalwater (46°44.66' N, 124° 5.3' W)

Marine Area 2-2 (Grays Harbor) Definition: east of a line from the tip of the north jetty to exposed end of the south jetty

NOTE: In Areas 2-1 and 2-2, anglers may use either a freshwater, saltwater, or combination license.

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/re... or call (360) 902-2700 in April 2022 for information on Pacific halibut seasons and regulations. No min. size. Daily limit 1. Annual limit 4. See Northern Nearshore Halibut Fishery on 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

Area 2

Open through Sept. 15, 2021

Chinook - min. size 22". Coho - min. size 16". Other salmon species - no min. size. June 19-June 26: Daily limit 1. Release all coho. June 27-Sept 15: Open five days per week (Sun-Thur); closed to salmon fishing Fri-Sat. Daily limit 2. Only 1 Chinook may be retained. Release wild coho. Season may close earlier if quota of 20,440 hatchery coho or 12,925 Chinook guideline is attained. Grays Harbor Control Zone CLOSED beginning Aug. 9, see1 below. Willapa Bay Control Zone OPEN beginning Aug. 1, see4 below. Note: season may change depending on in season catch projections. Check the WDFW website at wdfw.wa.gov.

May-June, 2022

Check the WDFW website at wdfw.wa.gov or call (360) 902-2700 in late April 2022 for information on the 2022 salmon season.

Area 2-1 east of a line from Cape Shoalwater to Leadbetter Pt. 6 (see map below)

June 19-July 31, 2021

Open concurrent with the ocean (Area 2) for salmon. Area 2 rules apply.

Aug. 1-Jan. 31

Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release wild Chinook and wild coho. Aug. 1-Sept 30: Willapa Bay Control Zone OPEN, see 4 below. Aug. 1-Sept. 30: see 5 North River Area Closure below. Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement.

Area 2-2 (west of Buoy 13 line)

Open through Aug. 8, 2021

Open concurrent with the ocean (Area 2) for salmon. Area 2 rules apply.

Area 2-2 (east of the Buoy 13 line)

All salmon required to be released may not be totally removed from the water, except anglers fishing from boats 30' or longer as listed on either their state or Coast Guard registration are exempt.

Humptulips North Bay Fishery 2 (see map below)

Aug. 1-Sept. 23

Min. size 12". Daily limit 1. Release wild Chinook and wild coho.

East Grays Harbor Fishery 3 (see map below)

Oct. 1-Nov. 30

Min. size 12". Daily limit 1. Release Chinook.

Westport Boat Basin and Ocean Shores Boat Basin

Aug. 16-Jan. 31

Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. No more than 4 adults may be retained. Release Chinook. Night closure and anti-snagging rule. Only single-point barbless hooks may be used. Record code 2-2W for Catch Record Card reporting.

Bottomfish

Second Sat. in Mar.-Third Sat. in Oct.

Daily limit is a total of 9 bottomfish (see Definitions) except surfperch and flatfish. Subject to individual limits and seasons shown below. See 30 Fathom Lingcod Depth Restriction 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 approximating 30 fathoms May 1-May 31 (except when the primary halibut season is open). See 30 Fathom Lingcod Depth Restriction below. No retention or possession seaward of a line drawn from, 47°31.70' N, 124°45.00' W to 46°38.17' N, 124°30.00' W (except June 1-June 15, Sept. 1-Sept. 30 and when the primary halibut season is open).

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 jetties 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.

Marine Area 2 - Westport - Ocean Shores

NOTE: In Areas 2-1 and 2-2, anglers may use either a freshwater, saltwater, or combination license.

30 Fathom Lingcod Depth Restriction

May 1-May 31: fishing for or possession lingcod, is prohibited seaward of a line approximating 30 fathoms, except lingcod retention permitted on days primary halibut season is open, from Queets River south to Leadbetter Pt., as described by the following coordinates:

47°31.70'N, 124°37.03'W,

47°25.67'N, 124°34.79'W,

47°12.82'N, 124°29.12'W,

46°52.94'N, 124°22.58'W,

46°44.18'N, 124°18.00'W,

46°38.17'N, 124°15.88'W.

Buoy 13 Line: A line drawn true north-south through Buoy 13 near the entrance of Grays Harbor.

Westport Boat Basin: A portion of Grays Harbor lying inside the boat basin breakwater and inside lines drawn from lighted day markers 10 to 11 and 1 to 2.

Northern Nearshore Halibut Fishery: This area includes the waters from 47°31.70' N. latitude south to 46°58.00'N. latitude and east of a line approximating 30 fathoms as defined by the following coordinates:

47°31.70'N, 124°37.03'W,

47°25.67'N, 124°34.79'W,

47°12.82'N, 124°29.12'W,

46°58.00'N, 124°24.24'W.

Check the WDFW website at: https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/halibut or call (360) 902-2700 for information on Pacific halibut seasons and regulations

1

Grays Harbor Control Zone: An area at the entrance to Grays Harbor bounded by a line from the lighthouse 1 mile south of the south jetty to buoy #2 to buoy #3 to the tip of the north jetty to the tip of the exposed end of the south jetty.

2

Humptulips North Bay Fishery: Northerly of a line running from the south end of the eastern jetty at Ocean Shores Marina, then to a fishing boundary marker on Sand Island (46°57.52'N, 124°03.36'W) then to the Tripod Station located at 46°59.12'N, 124°00.72'W on Brackenridge Bluff.

3

East Grays Harbor Fishery: Easterly of a projected line from the mouth of Johns River (Hwy. 105 Bridge) to the Tripod Station on Brackenridge Bluff (46°59.12'N, 124°00.72'W) through channel marker 27 (green). Does not include the John’s River channel from the Hwy. 105 Bridge to the Coast Seafood dock north of Ocean Spray Cranberry plant.

4

Willapa Bay Control Zone: Aug. 1-Sept. 30: OPEN to salmon angling in waters from Leadbetter Point (46°39.20' N, 124° 3.516' W) due west to 46°39.20' N, 124° 5.3' W then due north to the westerly most landfall on Cape Shoalwater (46°44.66' N, 124° 5.3' W) and from Leadbetter Point (46°39.20' N, 124° 3.516' W) through green marker 11 to landfall.

5

North River Closure: Aug.1-Sept. 30: CLOSED to salmon angling in waters north of a line from Toke Point channel marker 3 easterly through Willapa Harbor channel marker 13 (green) northeasterly to the power transmission pole located at 46°43.19'N, 123°50.83'W.

6

Marine Area 2-1 (Willapa Bay) Definition: waters east of a line from Leadbetter Point (46°39.20' N, 124° 3.516' W) due west to 46°39.20' N, 124° 5.3' W then due north to the westerly most landfall on Cape Shoalwater (46°44.66' N, 124° 5.3' W).

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