Puget Sound is inland saltwater fishing and offers fishing opportunities most of the year. Many species of salmon and bottom fish can be had.
Puget Sound Specifics
Boat: 26’ Willie Nemesis: 4-6 people
Summer Salmon: June-September
Winter Salmon “Blackmouth”: January-March
Rates: 6 hour trip is $275 per person.
Meet up locations:
Eddie Vine Boat Launch, 8001 Seaview Ave NW. Seattle,WA 98117
Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, 609 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
Needed items for Summer trips
- Sunglasses and any other solar protection
- Please bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Needed items for Winter Puget Sound trips
- Full body rain gear with rubber boots or waders
- Warm layered clothing
- Please bring plenty of water to stay hydrated
For a complete list of recommended items to bring on fishing trips please see our “What To Bring” page.
The Puget Sound is open for fishing and crabbing most of the year. Depending on the weather and the fish season openings, we can run trips for winter salmon, known as Blackmouth.
These fish live in the Puget Sound their entire life, never heading out into the ocean. We spend the day trolling lures or mooching herring. Crabbing is also available during this time of year.
Our crabbing trips depart from Mukilteo,WA and are also weather depending.
In June we begin running trips for salmon. We depart from Shilshole Bay Marina just fifteen minutes from downtown Seattle.
There are a few different species of Salmon that we target on these trips. From June through mid July, the resident coho are just minutes from the dock.
By sometime between mid-July and August the season opens for Summer Chinook salmon retention.
It is typical for us to catch both species from July through early August. The ocean run Coho Salmon start showing in August and add to the action.
We spend the day trolling lures to entice a bite from these hungry fish that are filling their bellies before they head into the rivers. The trip offers a relaxing day trolling for Salmon in warm weather.
Puget Sound Facts
The Puget Sound is a major water-way of the Pacific Northwest, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean, and part of the Salish Sea. It is located along the northwestern coast of the U.S. state of Washington.
It is a vast system of interconnected marine waterways and basins, with one major and two minor connections to the open Pacific Ocean via the Strait of Juan de Fuca—Admiralty Inlet being the major connection and Deception Pass and Swinomish Channel being the minor.
The water flow through Deception Pass is approximately equal to 2% of the total tidal exchange between Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
The sound extends approximately 100 miles from Deception Pass in the north to Olympia in the south. Its average depth is 450 feet and its maximum depth, off Jefferson Point between Indianola and Kingston, is 930 feet. The depth of the main basin, between the southern tip of Whidbey Island and Tacoma, is approximately 600 feet.
In 2009, the term Salish Sea was established by the United States Board on Geographic Names as the collective waters of Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Strait of Georgia. Sometimes the terms “Puget Sound” and “Puget Sound and adjacent waters” are used for not only Puget Sound proper but also for waters to the north, such as Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands region.
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