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Marine Area 5

(From mouth of the Sekiu River east to Low Point, mouth of the Lyre River) See map on following page.

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, 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

Check the WDFW website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/halibut or call (360) 902-2700 in April for information on Pacific halibut seasons and regulations. No min. size. Daily limit 1. Annual limit 4. 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
(See 5)

July 1-Aug. 15

Chinook - min. size 22”. Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2 including no more than 1 Chinook. Release chum, wild coho, and wild Chinook. Kydaka Point Area Closed. See Kydaka Point Area and map next page.

Aug. 16-Sept. 30

No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook, chum, and wild coho. Kydaka Point Area Closed. See Kydaka Point Area and map next page.

Oct. 1-Oct. 15

No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum.

Oct. 16-Mar. 31

CLOSED

Apr. 1-Apr. 30

Chinook - min. size 22”. Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2 including no more than 1 Chinook. Release coho, chum, and wild Chinook.

Bottomfish

Year-round season. Daily limit is a total of 15 bottomfish (see Definitions) subject to individual limits and seasons shown below. Fishing for or possession of bottomfish is prohibited seaward of a line approximating 120’ (see Bottomfish Closure coordinates below). Exception: when lingcod and halibut seasons are both open, retention of lingcod and Pacific cod is allowed 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. See Bottomfish Closure below

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

West of Slip Point

May 1-Sept. 30

No min. size. Daily limit is the first 3 black or blue/deacon rockfish caught. See Bottomfish Closure below

May 1-June 15

Spearfishing season. No min. size. Daily limit is the first 3 black or blue/deacon rockfish caught. See Bottomfish Closure below

East of Slip Point

May 1-Sept. 30

No min. size. Daily limit is the first black or blue/deacon rockfish caught. See Bottomfish Closure below

May 1-June 15

Spearfishing season. No min. size. Daily limit is the first black or blue/deacon rockfish caught. See Bottomfish Closure below

Pacific Cod, Pollock, Hake

Year-round

No min. size. Daily limit 2 of each species. See Bottomfish Closure below

Cabezon

May 1-Nov. 30

Min. size 18”. Daily limit 1. See Bottomfish Closure below

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.

Map of Bottomfish Closure in Marine Areas 4, 5, 6

Bottomfish Closure

Shown by the red dashed line on map. Coordinates beginning at:

  1. 48°23.90'N, 124°44.20'W then continuing to
  2. 48°24.10'N, 124°40.00'W then to
  3. 48°23.61'N, 124°36.46'W then to
  4. 48°17.71'N, 124°21.24'W then to
  5. 48°15.96'N, 124°14.43'W then to
  6. 48°11.91'N, 124°02.02'W then to
  7. 48°09.93'N, 123°34.51'W then to
  8. 48°11.02'N, 123°31.13'W then to
  9. 48°08.53'N, 123°24.13'W then to
  10. 48°11.45'N, 123°06.02'W then to
  11. 48°08.22'N, 123°06.02'W

Marine Area 4, 5 and 6 Map


1Marine Area 4 West of the Bonilla-Tatoosh Line

2Marine Area 4 East of the Bonilla-Tatoosh Line to a north-south line through Sail Rock

3Marine Area 4 (East) from Sail Rock to mouth of Sekiu River

4Kydaka Point Area: Waters south of a line from Kydaka Point westerly approximately 4 miles to Shipwreck Point.

5Marine Area 5

6Marine Area 6 Chinook Selective Fishery: West of a true north/south line through the #2 Buoy immediately east of Ediz Hook

7Freshwater Bay Closure - July 1-Oct. 31: Waters of Freshwater Bay south of a line from Angeles Point westerly approximately 4 miles to Observatory Point (Bachelor Rock) closed to fishing for ALL species.

8Port Angeles Harbor: Waters of Port Angeles Harbor west of a line from the tip of Ediz Hook to the ITT Rayonier Dock.

9Marine Area 6 Chinook Release Area: East of a true north/south line through the #2 Buoy immediately east of Ediz Hook

10Dungeness Bay: Waters of Dungeness Bay inside of a line from Dungeness Spit Lighthouse to the #2 Red Buoy, then to the Port Williams boat ramp.

11Sequim Bay: Waters of Sequim Bay south of a line from the southern end of Gibson Spit to the west end of Travis Spit.

12Discovery Bay: Waters of Discovery Bay south of a line from the Gardiner boat ramp to Beckett Point.

13Herring Closure Area: Waters south of a line from Ediz Hook to Partridge Point.