Chum Fishing Regulations

Annual Chum Regs

Annual Coho and Chum Regs 2020


November 16, 2020

Regs No. Superseded:


Catch Area:
13H Totten Inlet

On/Off Reservation:

Effective Dates/Days/Hours by Gear:

This fishery has been closed to protect the returning chum salmon destined for escapement to adjacent inlets.

In Accordance with the Squaxin Island Fishing Ordnance, this regulation is hereby approved by Squaxin Island Tribal Council, Monday November 16, 2020.

November 17, 2020
Regs. No. Superseded/Modified:
Fishery Type:
CHUM – Commercial Fishery
Catch Area:
13I Skookum Inlet
On/Off Reservation:
Effective Dates/Days/Hours by Gear:
Open:  8 AM Friday, November 20, 2020
Closed: 3 PM Friday, November 20, 2020
Open:  8 AM Sunday, November 22, 2020
Closed: 3 PM Sunday, November 22, 2020
Open: 8 AM Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Closed: 3 PM Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Set Nets:
Maximum Length 100 feet
Minimum Stretch 5 Inches
There must be 100 ft between nets.  All waters west of a line extending from the “No Hunting” sign near the mouth of Elson Creek to the point of land on the opposite shore are closed. All waters within 200 feet of radius of any stream entering Skookum Inlet are closed.  The Totten/Skookum boundary is defined as a line extending from the Tillicum Rock (On the Arcadia side) to a large rock on Kamilche Point.  Waters east of this line are Totten and are closed. There shall be navigable water maintained between nets.  No nets shall be tied together.

Medicine Creek Treaty Tribes Regs

Filing Organization:
Medicine Creek Treaty Tribes

Regulation Number:

Catch Area:
Carr Inlet (13A)
Those marine waters north of a line projected from Green Point on the east shoreline to Penrose Point (signal tower no 4) on the Longbranch Peninsula and south of the State Highway 302 bridge and causeway, excluding the waters of Minter Bay.

Fishery type:


Date adopted:
October 22, 2020

Effective dates:
October 25 – December 5, 2020

Legal gear:
Set gill nets – 900′ maximum length, 5″ minimum mesh size
Drift gill nets – 1,800′ maximum length, 5″ minimum mesh size
Beach seines – 900′ maximum length, 3″ minimum and 4″ maximum mesh size

Beginning: 12:00 noon, Sunday, October 25, 2020. All gears OPEN 7 days per week, 24 hours per day through Sunday, November 11, 2020. Thereafter, beach seines and shore anchored set nets only.

Ending: 12:00 noon, Saturday, December 5, 2020.

Additional restrictions:
The waters within a 1000′ radius of the mouth of Minter Creek (including Minter Bay), marked off by the 6 red buoys set by the Medicine Creek Tribes, shall be closed. Burley Lagoon (those waters north of the State Highway 302 Bridge and causeway) is closed to all fishing.

Lay Inlet (those waters east of the access bridge on the south side of Raft Island and east of a line on the north side of Raft Island running from the westernmost large dock on Raft Island (below the large white house with the multi-terraced yard) northerly to the multi-platform stairway at the east end of the rock bulkhead) is closed to all fishing.

Harvestable chum

Marine set nets shall be tended not less than once every 24 hours. Individual tribes may file regulations with shorter tending times of set nets. Such regulations will be enforceable on the filing tribe’s members only.

The following actions will be subject to penalties and/or fines in accordance with tribal fishing ordinances adopted by the Medicine Creek Treaty Tribes:
Wantonly wasting or destroying food fish.
Disposing of litter into the water or onto shore while participating in the in-common fisheries of the Medicine Creek Treaty Tribes

Please Report Take of Any Marine Mammals
Please send me a take report of any and all marine mammals (seals and sea lions) during fishing season.   We are required to report take of marine mammals to NOAA by January 15, 2021.  This report will not include names, only total take of marine mammals during our fisheries.  Please email or call in to me any incidental (death by entanglement) or lethal take of marine mammals, date of take, species (seal or sea lion), fishing gear type (gill net, beach seine) and marine area.  If you happened to take a porpoise or another marine mammal, please report as well.

Marine Mammal Take Report form

Thank you
Joseph Chetwoot Peters, Natural Resources Policy Representative