Tulalip Tribes won’t set crab pots during sport chinook fishery

As reported on the Seattle Times Reel Time Northwest blog, the Tulalip Tribes will not have crab pots in the water when the recreational “bubble” fishery opens Friday.

The bubble fishery gives sport fishermen a chance to catch hatchery salmon returning to Tulalip Bay. The harvest focuses on abundant hatchery fish while minimizing the impact to wild fish.

This year, the tribes are keeping crab pots out of the water at least the first two weekends to ease potential gear conflict with sport fishing boats.

The bubble fishery will be open June 5-19, and fishing is open Fridays through noon on Mondays only. Fishing is closed on June 20, and then reopens June 21-Sept. 7 on the same schedule.