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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, 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

Aug. 1-Sept. 30

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. See closures . 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 - 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/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 exception for Tulalip Terminal Area Fishery and Tulalip Bay below)

Aug. 1-Sept. 24

No min. size. Daily limit 2 including no more than 1 coho. Release Chinook and chum.

Tulalip Terminal Area Fishery
(see 3 for boundaries)

May 26-Sept. 4, 2023

Open Fridays through Noon Mondays ONLY. Chinook - min. size 22”. Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Release chum. Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement.

Sept. 9-Sept. 24

Open Saturdays and Sundays only. Chinook - min. size 22”. Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Release chum. Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement.

Tulalip Bay
(see 2 for boundaries)

Year-round

CLOSED.

Bottomfish

Year-round season. Daily limit is a total of 15 bottomfish (see Definitions) subject to individual limits and seasons shown below. See closures . 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 Areas 8-1, 8-2, and 9 Map

Map of Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9
Inset Map of Section 5 and 6 Edmonds Pier and Protection Areas in Marine Area 9

1Deception Pass (Octopus Protection Area): CLOSED to the harvest of octopus.

2Tulalip Bay Closure: Waters east of a line from Mission Point to Hermosa Point.

3Tulalip 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).

4Possession Point

5Edmonds Public Fishing Pier: Waters inside a line from the boundary marker on the north breakwater to the southernmost marker buoy; then to the northernmost marker buoy; then to the north end of the city of Edmonds public beach, CLOSED to fishing for food fish and to the harvest of shellfish except when fishing from the pier.

6Brackett’s Landing Shoreline Sanctuary Conservation Area: Bedlands and tidelands owned by the city of Edmonds at Brackett’s Landing Shoreline Sanctuary and the water column above them, including all of the area known as Edmonds Underwater Park, CLOSED to fishing for, harvesting, and possession of fish and shellfish.

7Northern Hood Canal Fishery: Waters of Area 9 south of a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point.

8Admiralty Head Marine Preserve: All waters and bedlands below the Extreme Low Water starting at the extreme low tide line at 48°9.46’N, 122°40.88’W at the sign (in Fort Casey State Park), extending 400 yards offshore and northward parallel to the beach for 0.6 nautical miles. CLOSED to all harvest except sea urchins and sea cucumbers.

9Keystone Conservation Area: All waters, bedlands, and tidelands from Extreme High Water (EHW) out to 600’ offshore of EHW that are located between the jetty at Keystone Harbor and the eastern side of the old military wharf (located east of the jetty), CLOSED to fishing for, harvesting, and possession of fish and shellfish.