Seattle Fishing Seasons, Salmon and Bottom Fishing Seasons
Good fishing opportunities abound the saltwater fringes of Seattle Washington at nearly any time of year. King Salmon and Coho Salmon are the most often targeted sport fish in Puget Sound. There are however times when retaining Salmon is not allowed in most areas. It is at that time that we usually focus on fishing for bottom fish such as Lingcod or Flounder. We may also fish catch and release for Salmon.
Please look below to see when you might like to fish.
Lingcod in May. Coho Salmon opens June 1. King Salmon opens July 16th. Kings will close when the quota is reached. Usually around three weeks give or take. Coho remains open into October.
Salmon stays open through November 15th. (Oct 7 to Nov 15 is good action but few keepers)
Salmon will close November 16 and reopen January 1st.
Winter Salmon season is January 1 through March for winter Chinook (Blackmouth).
Winter Chinook could close early if season quotas are caught. You will be notified with options if this happens.
we don't intend to offer much fishing November 16 to December 31st, possible crabbing.
Summer Salmon season usually opens June 1st for Coho and July 16 or 25 for Kings.
(Seasons announced in mid-April)
While the chart below reflects the peak run times, it does not necessarily show when seasons are open. You may book your trip based on the information on this page. If we have concerns about available fishing options on your date we will contact you to provide options.
If a season gets changed or closed you will have the option to reschedule or cancel and be refunded.
We have a strong history of providing a quality experience regardless of the species available.
If you have any concerns please contact us before you book.
THIS CHART WILL BE UPDATED TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
Sand Dabs (Flounder) Open year around, Best May through October
Dungeness Crab open July 1st through Labor Day (First Monday in September), Some years it re-opens October, November.
Kings: The Mature Chinook Salmon run peaks in early August and run from mid June through the end of August in Puget Sound. Kings are the prize of every serious salmon angler. You don't have to be an expert to land one, but it doesn't hurt to go fishing with an expert.
Blackmouth: These "Blackmouth" are Juvenile King Salmon that live in Puget Sound all year around and provide the best winter Salmon fishing November through April.
BOTTOM FISHING CHARTERS
Honestly, the most productive bottom fishing in Washington and most liberal seasons and limits are found in the much rougher Pacific Ocean ports such as Westport, but the much calmer Puget Sound does have some decent botomfish options.
Lingcod and Cabezon: May 1-June 15
Flounder: Open year around