Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) encompasses all waters south of the Hood Canal Bridge. These waters provide fishing opportunities for migratory salmon that allows numerous small boat and shoreline access sites. Hood Canal is closed to the harvest of all bottomfish and forage fish, except for a limited fishery in Dabob Bay for flounder and sole. These waters provide a protected body of water depending on wind direction as well as scenic views of the Olympic Mountains. Fishing North of Ayock opens July during odd years for both pink and coho and mid-August during even years for coho salmon. South of Ayock Point is open in July for Chinook opens up in July south of Ayock Point; additional opportunities exist as you can use your two-pole endorsement and have a reduced size limit during the summer. Winter resident salmon fishing is a unique opportunity to catch salmon in the 'off-season' and typically runs from October through April. Though you can catch sea-run coastal cutthroat trout in all marine areas, Area 12 can boast to be one of the better spots to fish from both a boat and shore, especially during the chum (fry) run from March-May.