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Marine Area 4

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(From Cape Alava north and inside Juan de Fuca Strait to the Sekiu River)

Bonilla-Tatoosh Line: A line running from the western end of Cape Flattery 48°22.86’N, 124°43.91’W, to Tatoosh Island Lighthouse 48°23.49’N, 124°44.21’W, then in a straight line to Bonilla Point on Vancouver Island 48°35.73’N, 124°43’W.

Kydaka Point Closure: waters south of a line from Kydaka Point westerly approximately 4 miles to Shipwreck Point CLOSED to fishing for salmon.

Species

Season

Additional Rules

Trout Year-round Catch-and-release.
Steelhead

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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). For smelt: East of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line – 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. West of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line – dipnets and jigs may be used 7 days a week.
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/regulations/halibut 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 on previous page. Descending device required onboard vessels.
Other Food Fish Year-round No min. size. Daily limit 2 of each species. See definition page 17.
All Other Fish CLOSED to fishing for, retaining, or possessing.

Salmon

West of the Bonilla-Tatoosh Line Open through Sept. 30, 2020 Chinook – min. size 24″. Coho – min. size 16″. Other salmon species – no min. size.
Jun 20-Jun 28: Daily limit 1. Release all coho.
Jun 29-Sep 30: Daily limit 2. Release wild coho.
Aug. 1-Sept. 30: release chum. Season may close earlier if quota of 2,760 hatchery coho or 5,600 Chinook guideline is attained. Note: season may change depending on inseason catch projections. 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.
East of the Bonilla-Tatoosh Line 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.
Jun 29-Sept 30: Daily limit 2. Release wild coho.
Aug. 1-Sept. 30: release Chinook and chum. Season may close earlier if quota of 2,760 hatchery coho or 5,600 Chinook guideline is attained. East of a true north-south line through Sail Rock CLOSED to salmon fishing through July 31. See Kydaka Point Closure above. Note: season may change depending on inseason catch projections. 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

West of Bonilla-Tatoosh Line Second Sat. in Mar.-Third Sat. in Oct. Daily limit is a total of 9 bottomfish (see definition page 16), except surfperch and flatfish. Subject to individual limits and seasons shown below. See Additional Restrictions on previous page. Note: Duncan and Duntze Rocks are seaward of the 20 fathom line. Descending device required onboard vessels.
East of Bonilla-Tatoosh Line Year-round Daily limit is a total of 9 bottomfish (see definition page 16), except surfperch. Subject to individual limits and seasons shown below. Fishing for bottomfish prohibited in waters deeper than 120′. See Bottomfish Closure next page. Descending device required onboard vessels.
Lingcod
West of Bonilla-Tatoosh Line Second Sat. in Mar.-Third Sat. in Oct. Daily limit 2. See Additional Restrictions on previous page.
East of Bonilla-Tatoosh Line Second Sat. in Mar.-Third Sat. in Oct. Daily limit 2. See Bottomfish Closure next page.
Surfperch
West of Bonilla-Tatoosh Line 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.
East of Bonilla-Tatoosh Line Year-round Not included in bottomfish limit. No min. size. Daily limit 12. Except shiner perch daily limit 15: not included in bottomfish limit.
Rockfish
West of Bonilla-Tatoosh Line Second Sat. in Mar.-Third Sat. in Oct. No min. size. Daily limit 7. No yelloweye may be retained. See Additional Restrictions on previous page.
East of Bonilla-Tatoosh Line Year-round No min. size. Daily limit 7. Only blue/deacon, yellowtail, widow, and black may be retained. See Bottomfish Closure next page.
Cabezon
West of Bonilla-Tatoosh Line Second Sat. in Mar.-Third Sat. in Oct. Daily limit 1. See Additional Restrictions on previous page.
East of Bonilla-Tatoosh Line Year-round Daily limit 1. See Bottomfish Closure next page.
Flatfish (Dabs, Sole, Flounder)
West of Bonilla-Tatoosh Line 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 on previous page and Bottomfish Closure on next page.
East of Bonilla-Tatoosh Line Year-round No min. size. Daily limit 9.
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.