Admiralty Inlet - Marine Area 9

Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) is located south of Partridge Point to Point Wilson, south and west of a line from Possession Point to shipwreck, north of Hood Canal Bridge and north of Apple Cove Point to Edwards Point Line. This area provides both open and protected waters that can be easily accessed by small boats to target resident and migratory salmon and bottomfish from the Olympic Peninsula, Kitsap Peninsula, Whidbey Island and the east side of Puget Sound. During odd years with the huge schools of pink salmon, the limit includes two additional pink salmon from July through September; however during 2017 there will be no bonus limit due to the lower forecast but you can keep pink salmon as part of your daily limit. Winter resident salmon fishing is a unique opportunity to catch salmon in the 'off-season' and begins in November and runs through April.

Legal description

Major fishing areas

Admiralty Bay

Halibut are fished for in 90 to 150 feet of water by jigging and weighted baits.

Accessible by Boat

Species: Pacific Halibut

Double Bluff

This area has very good lingcod habitat. Jig for lingcod on the rocky bottom in 60-100 feet when the current is slower.

Accessible by Boat

Species: Lingcod

Fort Casey Park

Cast Buzz Bombs, jigs, and cut-plug hearring from the beach for coho, pink, and even chinook. Flyfishing is also a productive way to catch these salmon. During the winter months, an angler might want to try fishing for returning hatchery steelhead with a spin-n-glo and hoochie within an hour or two on both sides of the tidal change.

Accessible by Shoreline
Park either near the boat ramp or at one of the day-use sites if you are not camping and don't mind walking within Fort Casey. Fish either near Keystone Spit (boat ramp) or west out along the beach near the point.

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Species: Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, Pink salmon

Mid Channel Bank

Troll with downriggers between 90-150 feet deep. When the tidal current is strong, troll with the tide. Mooching and jigging at 60-100 feet will also pick up summer Chinook, coho, and blackmouth. Halibut are fished here by using jigs or weighted baits. Pink salmon will pass through here during odd years.

Accessible by Boat

Species: Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, Pacific Halibut, Pink salmon

Mutiny Bay

Halibut are fished for in 100 to 150 feet of water by jigging and using weighted baits.

Accessible by Boat

Species: Pacific Halibut

Pink Salmon Fishing

During odd years, pink salmon returning must first pass through most of Puget Sound, making them accessible to small boat and shore anglers that uses only basic fishing gear and techniques. Pink salmon are not the strongest swimmers, so they often hug the shorelines and stay out of big rip tides. Best catch rates often occur in the mornings and evenings. The color pink is most commonly used for all lures and flies by anglers. Pink salmon are often mistaken for small wild chinook or even wild coho so be sure you know to properly identify it.

Boat Fishing
There are two main methods of fishing for pink salmon from a boat, trolling and casting.

  • Trolling uses a downrigger to get your tackle to the depth you want to fish. Most pink salmon are caught in depths of 20-60 feet. The key to trolling is using a small flasher of any color, which is an attractor for the pink salmon to swim along and hopefully strike at your lure. The most common lure is a pink mini squid (hootchie), followed by a pink spoon. Feel free to scent up your lure, however bait is not needed. Tie the lure 16-24 inches behind the flasher (18-25 lb. monofilament) and deploy your gear 10-30 feet behind the boat. The boat speed moving through the water should be 2 to 4 mph.
  • Casting at pink salmon from a boat uses the methods and gear described in shoreline fishing.

Shoreline Fishing
There are two main methods used for shore fishing pink salmon, casting lures and flyfishing. Anglers using both fishing methods target the same type of water and can have similar success. As pink salmon are more prone to swim close to shore, most public parks and public piers throughout Puget Sound offer good fishing opportunities.

  • Casting Lures - The pink buzz bomb and a pink mini squid (hootchie) jig are most commonly used and are fished the same way by casting out away from shore and attempting to jig it as you reel it in. A medium to medium/heavy rod with 20-30 pound line is all you need to land these fish.
  • Flyfishing - The most common fly used is a pink clouser. A seven to eight weight fly rod and with either floating or a slow sink tip line will provide enough backbone to land the salmon and also create the necessary action on your fly to entice a few strikes.

Accessible by Boat

Accessible by Shoreline
Public access sites, such as parks and piers

Point No Point

Some exceptional beach fishing occurs here for summer Chinook, coho, pink and sometimes even chum salmon. Fish with cut-plug herring, buzz bombs, bobber with anchovy, and try flyfishing. Try fishing within an hour of tidal changes to maximize your chances of hooking a fish..

Accessible by Shoreline
Enter Point No Point County Park and park near the lighthouse and walk north or east to the beach. Please be respect and be aware of private property or tidelands.

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Species: Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, Pink salmon

Point Wilson Beach

Cast buzz bombs and cut-plug herring when fishing near the Lighthouse for coho and pink salmon. Try fishing within an hour of tidal changes to maximize your chances of hooking a fish.

Accessible by Shoreline
Enter Fort Worden State Park and park near the lighthouse and walk east to the beach. A Discovery Pass is required. Please be respect and be aware of private property or tidelands.

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Species: Coho salmon, Pink salmon

Possession Point/Bar

Fish along the edge of the drop off between 90 and 120 feet deep for summer Chinook and blackmouth by trolling and mooching. Coho can be caught fishing the west side and continuing along to Apple Cove Point. Bottomfish, including flatfish, lingcod, and greenling can be caught along the flat and at the Fish Haven Reef.

Accessible by Boat

Species: Cabezon, Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, Lingcod

Salsbury County Park

Migratory coho during August through September can by caught using cut-plug herring, a variety of spoons/spinners/buzz bombs, and flies. Be respectful of private property adjacent to the park.

Accessible by Shoreline
Park in the county park parking lot by the boat ramp. Fish only within the boundaries of the county park.

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Species: Coho salmon