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Marine Area 6

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(From Low Point east to the Partridge Point – Point Wilson line north to the line from Trial Island (near Victoria B.C.) – Vessel Traffic Separation Buoy “R” – Smith Island to the Lawson Reef Buoy to Northwest Island to the Initiative 77 marker on Fidalgo Island and west of the line from Reservation Head to West Point)

SPECIES

SEASON

ADDITIONAL RULES

Trout Year-round Catch-and-release. See Freshwater Bay Closure below.
Steelhead Year-round Daily limit 2 hatchery steelhead.
Sturgeon Year-round Catch-and-release.
Mackerel Year-round No min. size. No daily limit.
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). Herring – CLOSED Jan. 16-Apr. 15 south of a line from Ediz Hook to Partridge Point. 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 2021 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

Chinook Selective Fishery

West of a true north/south line through the #2 Buoy immediately east of Ediz Hook

July 1-Aug. 15 Chinook – min. size 22″. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Release chum, wild coho, and wild Chinook. See closures below.
Chinook Release Area

East of a true north/south line through the #2 Buoy immediately east of Ediz Hook

July 1-Aug. 15 No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook, chum, and wild coho. See closures below.
Entire Area Aug. 16-Sept. 30 No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook, chum, and wild coho.
Dungeness Bay Fishery (see below for boundaries) Oct. 1-Oct. 31 No min. size. Daily limit 2 hatchery coho only. Release wild coho.

Bottomfish

Year-round season. Daily limit is a total of 15 bottomfish (see  Definitions) subject to individual limits and seasons shown below. See Freshwater Bay Closure below. Fishing for bottomfish prohibited in waters deeper than 120′ east of the easternmost point of Dungeness Spit, and prohibited in waters deeper than 120′ west of the easternmost point of Dungeness Spit as defined by the coordinates of the Bottomfish Closure. Exception: Retention of Pacific cod allowed on days when halibut is open. Descending device required onboard vessels.
Lingcod May 1-June 15 Hook and line season. Min. size 26″. Max. size 36″. Daily limit 1.
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 CLOSED CLOSED to fishing for, retaining, or possessing.
Pacific Cod, Pollock, Hake Year-round No min. size. Daily limit 2 of each species.
Cabezon May 1-Nov. 30 Min. size 18″. Daily limit 1.
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.

CLOSURES:

Dungeness Bay Fishery and Closure: Waters of Dungeness Bay inside of a line from Dungeness Spit Lighthouse to the #2 Red Buoy, then to the Port Williams boat ramp. Oct. 1-Oct. 31: OPEN to fishing for hatchery coho salmon. CLOSED to fishing for salmon at all other times. See Dungeness Bay Fishery above for rules.

Freshwater 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.

Port Angeles Harbor Closure: July 1-Aug. 15: waters of Port Angeles Harbor west of a line from the tip of Ediz Hook to the ITT Rayonier Dock closed to fishing for salmon.

Sequim Bay Closure: July 1-Aug. 15: waters of Sequim Bay south of a line from the southern end of Gibson Spit to the west end of Travis Spit CLOSED to fishing for salmon.

Discovery Bay Closure: July 1-Aug. 15: waters of Discovery Bay south of a line from the Gardiner boat ramp to Beckett Point CLOSED to fishing for salmon.

Marine Area 5 and 6 Map

Bottomfish Closure Coordinates:

A 48°23.90’N, 124°44.20’W

B 48°24.10’N, 124°40.00’W

C 48°23.61’N, 124°36.46’W

D 48°17.71’N, 124°21.24’W

E 48°15.96’N, 124°14.43’W

F 48°11.91’N, 124°02.02’W

G 48°09.93’N, 123°34.51’W

H 48°11.02’N, 123°31.13’W

I 48°08.53’N, 123°24.13’W

J 48°11.45’N, 123°06.02’W

K 48°08.22’N, 123°06.02’W

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

Port Angeles Harbor Closure: July 1-Aug. 15: waters of Port Angeles Harbor west of a line from the tip of Ediz Hook to the ITT Rayonier Dock CLOSED to fishing for salmon.

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

Discovery Bay Shrimp District: Waters south of a line from McCurdy Point on the Quimper Peninsula to the northern tip of Protection Island then from the western end of Protection Island to Rocky Point on the Miller Peninsula and all waters of Discovery Bay.

Bottomfish Closure Year–round, fishing for or possession of bottomfish is prohibited seaward of a line approximating 120’ according to the coordinates listed below (shown by the red dashed line). When lingcod is open, lingcod and Pacific cod retention is allowed in waters deeper than 120’ in Marine Area 5 on days open to recreational halibut fishing.