Coho Fishing Regulations

Annual Coho Regs

Annual Coho and Chum Regs 2020

Please note beach seines MUST release all Chum


October 22, 2020

Regs. No. Superseded/Modified:

Fishery Type:
Closed – Coho Commercial Fishery Closed October 30 at 6:00 p.m.

Catch Area:
13D-1 Dana Passage
13D-2 Pickering Passage
13D-3 Peale Passage
13D-4 Southern Case Inlet

On/Off Reservation:

Effective Dates:
CLOSED: 6:00 p.m. Friday October 30, 2020

End of Commercial Harvest of Coho


September 3, 2020

Regs. No. Superseded/Modified:

Fishery Type:
COHO – Commercial Fishery

Catch Area:
13D-1 Dana Passage
13D-2 Pickering Passage, (On & Off Reservation)
13D-3 Peale Passage (On Reservation)
13D-4 Southern Case Inlet

On/Off Reservation:

Effective Dates:
Open:  6:00 a.m., Thursday, September 10, 2020
Open Until Further Notice

Days/Hours by Gear:
Beach Seines:
Open 6:00 a.m. Thursday September 10, 2020
Daily hours on- and off-Reservation: 24 Hours/Day, 7 Days/Week
Maximum Length: 600 feet/ Mesh Size: 3 inch Minimum 4 inch Maximum

Set Nets:
Open 4:00 p.m., Thursday, September 10, 2020
Daily hours on- and off-Reservation: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 a.m. Daily, 7 Days/Week

(Dana 13D-1, Pickering 13D-2 (On and Off Reservation), Peale 13D-3 (On Reservation)
Maximum Length: 300 feet   Minimum Stretch: 5 inches

(Southern Case Inlet 13D-4)
Maximum Length: 600 feet   Minimum Stretch: 5 inches

Other Restrictions:
Due to the projected 2020 forecast of Hammersely fall chum salmon being below the escapement goal, Beach Seines Must Release All Chum.

Pickering Passage 13D-2
Closed areas for commercial Coho Beach Seine and Set Net Fishing: “Arcadia Point Area,” the area extending from the Totten Inlet line from Glen Parkers Dock/Pilings to the Hammersley Inlet line at Arcadia Point. Set nets have priority over beach seines to fish on Reservation 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Peale Passage 13D-3
Closed areas for Commercial Set Net Fishing: Hartstene Oyster Company, Hartstene Island: AREAS H1, H2 and H3.  No Set Nets may be attached to any part of the tribal net pens complexes situated in Peale Passage.

Case Inlet 13D-4
All waters of 13D South and East of a line extending from the Johnson Point Light to the Devil’s Head Light are Closed.

Annual Commercial Harvest of Coho

In Accordance with the Squaxin Island Fishing Ordnance, This Regulation is hereby approved by Squaxin Island Tribal Council, Thursday September 3, 2020.

Medicine Creek Treaty Tribes Regs

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: 
September 3, 2020

Effective dates: 
September 15 – October 26, 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, September 13, 2020.
Drift nets and beach seines: open 7 days per week, 24 hours per day.
Set nets: open 7 days per week, 24 hours per day.
Ending: 12:00 noon, Saturday, October 24, 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, is closed to all fishing. 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 Coho

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