Chum Fishing Regulations

Annual Chum Regs

Squaxin Island Annual Coho Chum Regs 2019

Squaxin Island Tribe Emergency Regs


December 6th, 2019

Regs No. Superseded/Modified:

CHUM – Ceremonial/Subsistence

Catch Area:
13H      Totten Inlet
13I     Skookum Inlet

On/Off Reservation:

Effective Dates/Days/Hours by Gear:
Open: 6 AM Saturday December 7th, 2019
Closed: 9 AM Saturday, December 14th, 2019

Daily Hours:
6 AM to 6PM

Daily Closures:
6 PM to 6 AM

Totten Beach Seines
Maximum Length 600 feet/ Mesh Size: 3 Inch Min- 4 Inch Max Totten Drift Nets – Maximum Length 900 feet/ Minimum Stretch: 5 inches Totten Set Nets – Maximum Length 600 feet/ Minimum Stretch: 5 inches

Skookum Set Nets
Maximum Length 100 feet/Minimum Stretch 5 Inches

Other Restrictions:
All waters of Totten Inlet southwest of a line running northwest from the northern tip of Burns Point through the double pilings north of the Olympia Oyster Company building to the shore are Closed (Kennedy Creek closure).    Skookum Inlet: 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.

There shall be navigable water maintained between nets.  No nets shall be tied together.  Beach Seines Release all unmarked/wild coho.

CEREMONIAL/SUBSISTENCE HARVEST OF CHUM SALMON.  This fishery will target chum salmon destined for adjacent inlets and will be managed according to escapement requirements of the chum stocks intercepted.

Medicine Creek Treaty Tribes Regulations

Regulation Number: MCTC-07-2019/20

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 24, 2019

Effective dates: 
October 27 – December 7, 2019

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

12:00 noon, Sunday, October 27, 2019

All gears

7 days per week
24 hours per day
Through Sunday, November 11, 2019.
Thereafter, beach seines only.

12:00 noon, Saturday, December 7, 2019.

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.