Anglers can keep 2 hatchery Chinook per day in Marine Area 9 beginning March 30

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

March 27, 2018

Anglers can keep 2 hatchery chinook per day
in Marine Area 9 beginning March 30

Action: Increases the daily limit for salmon to two fish in Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet).

Effective Date: March 30 through April 15, 2018.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Marine Area 9, excluding year-round fishing piers.

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates through March 18 indicate that the number of chinook retained or released by anglers is at 77 percent of the chinook encounter guideline of 11,053 fish for Marine Area 9. State fishery managers anticipate that sufficient encounters remain to allow the fishery to run through April 15as scheduled with a daily limit of two hatchery chinook. The changes to the chinook fishery are consistent with conservation objectives and agreed-to management plans.

Other information: Anglers must release coho and wild chinook. Weekly updates on the Marine Area 9 fishery can be found at

For specific regulations, anglers should consult the 2017-18 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at

Information contact: Mark Baltzell, (306) 902-2807.


Public survey available on Puget Sound recreational fisheries enhancement program

Public survey available on Puget Sound
recreational fisheries enhancement program

OLYMPIA – One lucky person will win gift cards to a variety of local sportfishing businesses by taking a short survey on a state program established to enhance recreational fisheries in Puget Sound.

The survey is designed to gauge public understanding of the Puget Sound Recreational Salmon and Marine Fish Enhancement Program. The survey is available through March 31 on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website at

The program was created by the state Legislature in 1993 to improve and promote recreational fishing for Washington citizens and support sustainable populations of salmon and marine bottomfish in Puget Sound. The program is supported by revenue generated from the sales of certain fishing licenses.

Participants in the survey will be entered into a random drawing, which will take place in April. The winner will be awarded a total of $200 in gift cards from sportfishing businesses.

Information from the survey will help state fishery managers shape future fishing opportunities, said Ryan Lothrop, Puget Sound recreational salmon fishery manager for the department.

“This is a short survey designed to give us a better idea of people’s understanding of the program and where our efforts should be focused in the future,” Lothrop said. “We are looking at how best to improve recreational fisheries in this state, particularly in Puget Sound, and our efforts to introduce people to sportfishing.”

Marine Area 9 salmon season re-opening Feb. 16

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

February 8, 2017

Marine Area 9 salmon season re-opening Feb. 16

Action: Marine Area 9 will re-open Feb.16. The daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon in Marine Area 9 will be 1 chinook, with an overall 2-salmon limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released.

Effective Date: Feb 16 through April 15, 2017.

Species affected: Salmon

Location: Marine Area 9 within Puget Sound, excluding year-round fishing piers.

Reason for action: Test fishery data collected during January and February indicate there are fewer juvenile (sublegal-size) chinook salmon present in these waters. In addition, sufficient capacity exists to re-open the fishery within the guideline of 6,081 “chinook encounters” – including both retained and released fish – agreed to by the tribal co-managers before this year’s fishery began. Delaying the opening to mid-February allowed the state time to determine a reopening date that will give anglers opportunity later into the spring.

Other information: WDFW will continue to monitor the fishery and will work with sportfishing advisors to determine if any other modifications are necessary to achieve a maximum season in Marine Area 9. Edmonds Public Fishing Pier is unaffected by this rule change and specific regulations for the pier can be found in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop (360) 902-2808

Tulalip Bubble fishery re-opens for chinook

Action: Re-open chinook retention in the Tulalip Bubble fishery.

Effective Date: 12:01 a.m. Sept. 4, 2015, until further notice.

Species affected: Chinook.

Location: Waters west of Tulalip Bay and within 2,000 feet of shore from the pilings at Old Bower’s Resort, to a fishing boundary marker approximately 1.4 miles northwest of Hermosa Point.

Reason for action: Chinook brood stock collection efforts at the Tulalip and Wallace River Hatchery has improved with the recent rains.

Other information: Tulalip Bubble fishery has a daily salmon limit is 2 salmon plus 2 additional pink salmon and the 2 pole endorsement is valid. Tulalip Bubble is open Friday, Sept. 4 through noon Monday, Sept. 7 and Saturdays and Sundays only starting Sept. 12 through Sept. 27. Other waters in Marine Area 8-2 remain unaffected by this rule change.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop (360) 902-2808, Jenni Whitney (425) 775-1311