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Marine Area 8

Marine Area 8-1 - Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay

(From West Point to Reservation Head eastward through Deception Pass, including all waters of Swinomish Slough and Skagit Bay, and the portion of Saratoga Passage north and west of a line from East Point Light to light on Camano Island (Saratoga Pass light #4 FI Red 4 Sec))

Species

Season

Additional Rules

Trout

Year-round

Catch-and-release.

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, 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/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. 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

Aug. 1-Sept. 19

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

Bottomfish

Year-round season. Daily limit is a total of 15 bottomfish (see Definitions) subject to individual limits and seasons shown below. Fishing for bottomfish prohibited 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.

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, and 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.

Cabezon

May 1-Nov. 30

Min. size 18". Daily limit 1.

Marine Area 8-1 Map

1

Deception Pass (Octopus Protection Area): CLOSED to the harvest of octopus.

Marine Area 8-2 - Port Susan and Port Gardner

(East of East Point Light-Camano Island Light line (described in Area 8-1) and north of the Possession Point-Shipwreck line)

Species

Season

Additional Rules

Trout

Year-round

Catch-and-release.

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). 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/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. 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

Tulalip Terminal Area Fishery

(see 3 below for boundaries)

May 28-Sept. 6, 2021

Open Fridays through Noon Mondays ONLY. Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. See Tulalip Bay Closure below. Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement.

Sept. 11-Sept. 26

Open Saturdays and Sundays only. Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. See Tulalip Bay Closure below. Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement.

Summer Salmon Fishery

Aug. 14-Sept. 19

No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook, chum, and 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 Tulalip Bay closure below. Fishing for bottomfish prohibited 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.

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, and 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.

Cabezon

May 1-Nov. 30

Min. size 18". Daily limit 1.

Marine Area 8-2 Map

1

Summer Salmon Fishery: Aug. 14-Sept. 19: Fishing for salmon limited to the area south and west of a line between Clinton and Mukilteo fishing pier, and select dates within the Tulalip Terminal Area Salmon Fishery.

2

Tulalip Bay Closure: Closed to all fishing east of a line from Mission Point to Hermosa Point.

3

Tulalip Terminal Area Salmon Fishery: Waters west of a line from Mission Point to Hermosa Point and contained within 2,000' off shore between the pilings at Old Bowers Resort (48°02.88'N, 122°16.42'W) to 2,000' from shore (48°02.63'N, 122°16.79'W) and north to 2,000' from shore (48°04.36'N, 122°19.06'W) of the boundary marker approximately 1.4 miles north of Hermosa Point (48°04.57'N, 122°18.64'W). May 28-Sept. 6, 2021 and Sept 11-Sept. 26: see Tulalip Terminal Area Fishery above for rules.

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