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Marine Area 9

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(All waters inside and south of the Partridge Point – Point Wilson line, south and west of a line from Possession Point 110° true to shipwreck, north of the Hood Canal Bridge, and north of the Apple Cove Point-Edwards Point 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

Entire Area July 16-Aug. 15 Chinook – min. size 22″. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Only 1 Chinook may be retained. Release chum, wild coho, and wild Chinook. Season may close earlier if Chinook quota is attained. See wdfw.wa.gov. See Hood Canal Closure below.
Aug. 16-Sept. 30 No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook, chum, and wild coho.
Edmonds Public Fishing Pier Year-round Chinook – min. size 22″. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Only 1 Chinook may be retained. Aug. 1-Sept. 30: release chum.

Bottomfish

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 9 Map

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Edmonds 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.

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Brackett’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.

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Hood Canal Closure: Waters of Area 9 south of a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point, July 16-Aug. 15: CLOSED to fishing for salmon.

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Admiralty 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.

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Keystone 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.