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Marine Area 8

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(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/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

Entire Area CLOSED Closed

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

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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/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

Tulalip Terminal Area Fishery

(see 3 below for boundaries)

May 29-Sept. 7, 2020 Open Fridays through Noon Mondays ONLY. Chinook – min. size 22″. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Release coho. See Tulalip Bay Closure below. Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement.
Sept. 12-Sept. 27 Open Saturdays and Sundays only. Chinook – min. size 22″. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Release coho. See Tulalip Bay Closure below. Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement.

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

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

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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 29-Sept. 7, 2020 and Sept 12-Sept. 27: see Tulalip Terminal Area Fishery above for rules.