Seattle-Bremerton Area - Marine Area 10

Marine Area 10 (Seattle and Bremerton area) is located within Apple Cove Point to Edwards Point and north of Vashon Island.

This area provides good bottomfish and resident and migratory salmon fishing opportunities from both shore and a boat. For those who live near Seattle, this area provides a very unique opportunity to catch fish outside your back door. Small boats have plenty of access in many protected areas, while shore anglers have numerous piers to fish from.  Winter resident salmon fishing is a unique opportunity to catch salmon in the 'off-season' and typically runs from November through February. Fishing for squid in the winter is a popular activity at many of the piers (particularly at night).

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Major fishing areas

Alki Point

Beach fishing access is available here for migratory salmon including coho and pink salmon within an hour or two on both sides of the tidal change. Also consider trying your luck at catching sea-run cutthroat trout in Seattle's backyard by using flies or spinners! Flounder and sole are plentiful throughout much of the much of this marine area in the mud flats.

Accessible by Shoreline
Enter Alki Beach Park and park on the street next to the park. Walk northwest to the beach to fish. Please be respect and be aware of private property or tidelands.

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Species: Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, Flatfish, Pink salmon

Chico Creek

Chum that are returning to the hatchery are accessible in the estuary from October through November. Try using a bobber with an anchovy. When fishing from shore, be aware of private property and fishing in the exposed tidelands is closed year-round.

Accessible by Shoreline
Park along the side of the road on Kittyhawk Drive near the bridge and access the marine waters in Chico Bay by walking north along the creek on the west side. Please be respect and be aware of private property or tidelands.

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Elliott Bay

During odd years typically starting in mid-August (Fridays-Sundays), fishing for pink salmon can be very productive whether you fish from a boat or shore. Most anglers troll using a pink hootchie or small pink spoons. Casting at pink salmon can be quite successful as well using pink buzz bombs, pink hootchie jigs, and flies. Later in the month, coho salmon start to show up.

Accessible by Boat

Accessible by Shoreline
Utilize public access sites, such as parks and piers

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Species: Coho salmon, Pink salmon

Faye Bainbridge Park

Fishing from shore can provide great action during the peak of the migratory coho run from late August through early October and pink salmon from mid-July through September. It is even possible to catch a chinook during the mark-selective fishery in the late summer. Consider fishing with buzz bombs, spinners, jigs, cut-plug herring, and flies.

Accessible by Shoreline
Park within the day-use parking area within the park and walk east to fish along the beach.

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Species: Coho salmon, Flatfish, Pink salmon

Golden Gardens Park

Fishing from shore can provide great action during the peak of the migratory coho and pink run from late summer through early fall. Consider fishing with buzz bombs, spinners, jigs, cut-plug herring, and flies. Be aware that much of Shileshole Bay during the summer does not open until September as well as that fishing in the Golden Gardens Marine Protected Area is only permitted for finfish (ie, salmon) while shellfish and other harvest activities are closed.

Accessible by Shoreline
Park in the day-use parking area within the point. Walk across the beach to fish between southern boundary of the park which is north of Shileshole harbor north to Meadow Point.

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Species: Coho salmon, Pink salmon

Jefferson Head

Fish parallel to the shoreline in 90 to 140 feet of water by trolling or mooching for salmon, including pink salmon closer to the surface. Flatfish can also be caught here along the shelves.

Accessible by Boat

Species: Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, Flatfish, Pink salmon

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

Species: Pink salmon

Port Orchard/Point White

Troll for migratory salmon near the narrow and west side of the passage within an hour or two of the tidal change.

Accessible by Boat

Species: Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, Pink salmon

West/Meadow Point

Drift mooching and trolling works on both migratory and resident salmon. Start by fishing 80 feet deep and fish deeper during increasing daylight. During odd years, pink fishing can be quite good here when trolling or casting.

Accessible by Boat

Species: Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, Pink salmon