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Marine Area 3

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(From the Queets River north to Cape Alava)

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 2021 for information on Pacific halibut seasons and regulations. No min. size. Daily limit 1. Annual limit 4. See additional restrictions 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
Entire Area Open through Sept. 30, 2020 Chinook – min. size 24″. Coho – min. size 16″. Other salmon species – no min. size.
June 20-June 28: Daily limit 1. Release all coho.
June 29-Sept 30: Daily limit 2. Release wild coho. Aug 1-Sept 30 release chum. Season may close earlier if quota of 690 hatchery coho or 1,300 Chinook guideline is attained. See wdfw.wa.gov.
May-June, 2021 Check the WDFW website at wdfw.wa.gov or call (360) 902-2700 in late April 2021 for information on the 2021 salmon season.
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 additional restrictions below. Descending device required onboard vessels.
Lingcod Second Sat. in Mar.-Third Sat. in Oct. Daily limit 2. See additional restrictions below.
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.
Rockfish Second Sat. in Mar.-Third Sat. in Oct. No min. size. Daily limit 7. No yelloweye may be retained. See additional restrictions below.
Cabezon Second Sat. in Mar.-Third Sat. in Oct. No min. size. Daily limit 1. See additional restrictions below.
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. See additional restrictions below.
Sixgill, Sevengill, and Thresher Sharks CLOSED CLOSED to fishing for, retaining, or possessing. Sixgill shark may not be removed from the water.

Additional Restrictions

Halibut and Bottomfish Closure Area (“C”-shaped YRCA) Fishing for halibut and bottomfish is closed, and anglers may not fish for salmon with bottomfish aboard in the area described as an eastward facing “C” beginning at:

48°18’N, 125°18’W and continuing to

48°18’N, 124°59’W, then to

48°11’N, 124°59’W, then to

48°11’N, 125°11’W, then to

48°04’N, 125°11’W, then to

48°04’N, 124°59’W, then to

48°00’N, 124°59’W, then to

48°00’N, 125°18’W, and back to the point of origin.

20 Fathom Depth Restriction Bottomfish June 1-July 31: Fishing for or possession of bottomfish is prohibited seaward of a line approximating 20 fathoms from the Bonilla-Tatoosh line south to the Queets River in Marine Area 3 and 4 as described by the coordinates below. Pacific cod, sablefish, lingcod, bocaccio, silvergray, canary, widow, and yellowtail rockfish retention is allowed seaward of 20 fathoms when halibut is open. July 1-July 31: Yellowtail and widow rockfish retention is allowed seaward of 20 fathoms

48°23.90′ N, 124°44.20′ W,

48°23.60′ N, 124°44.90′ W,

48°18.60′ N, 124°43.60′ W,

48°18.60′ N, 124°48.20′ W,

48°10.00′ N, 124°48.80′ W,

48°02.40′ N, 124°49.30′ W,

47°37.60′ N, 124°34.30′ W,

47°31.70′ N, 124°32.40′ W.

Note: Duncan and Duntze Rocks are seaward of the 20 fathom line.