Sekiu and Pillar Point - Marine Area 5

Marine Area 5 is located on the Olympic Peninsula between the mouth of the Sekiu River to the west and Low Point (mouth of the Lyre River) to the east, south of the U.S./Canada border within the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This area provides some of the best fishing opportunities for both salmon and bottomfish. Most salmon runs pass through Marine Area 5 at the beginning of the season before entering the Puget Sound, which provides ample early season fishing opportunities.  During odd years, Pink Salmon are available from July to early September, which provides extra incentive to make the trip.  Please note that during the 2021-22 season there will be no bonus limit on Pinks due to conservation concerns on Puget Sound Coho stocks, so Pink Salmon will count as part of the daily limit.  Winter resident salmon fishing is a unique opportunity to catch salmon in the 'off-season' and typically runs from March through April. 

Anglers who plan to fish for salmon in Canadian marine waters and return in their boats with their catch to Washington are required to notify WDFW before leaving state waters.

*updated 7/7/2021

Legal description

Major fishing areas

Pillar Point

Halibut are fished here by using jigs or weighted baits.

Accessible by Boat

Species: Pacific Halibut

Sekiu Beach

Cast from the shore with a Buzz Bomb or cut-plug herring off this beach when the baitfish are gathered along the shoreline to catch Pink or Coho Salmon.

Accessible by Shoreline
Park on the north side of the road and walk directly to the beach. Please be respect and be aware of private property or tidelands.

Species: Coho Salmon, Pink Salmon

Sekiu Point to Eagle Point

Halibut are fished here by using jigs or weighted baits.

Accessible by Boat

Species: Pacific Halibut

Sekiu River to Sekiu Point

Both summer and winter Chinook (Backmouth) are caught by trolling using downrigger or diver and flasher with hoochie, spoon, or herring. Troll in the 120-foot depth off the Caves and Eagle Point one to two hours before and after the tide change. During odd years, don't be surprised if you catch a few Pink Salmon as well. Jigging or mooching is also an effective technique to catch salmon here. Try fishing for bottomfish along the kelp beds in 20-30-foot depths with jigs, rubber worms, or herring.

Accessible by Boat

Species:  Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Pink Salmon
*note: no Sockeye or Chum retention in 2021-22 season

Slip Point

Halibut are fished here by using jigs or weighted baits.

Accessible by Boat

Species: Pacific Halibut

Slip Point to Pillar Point

Trolling using downrigger or diver and flasher with hoochie, spoon, or herring in the 120-150 foot range, keeping the gear near the bottom on the outgoing tide to catch Chinook, Coho, Pink, or winter Chinook (Blackmouth).  Mooching and jigging are also effective techniques for salmon in this area, particularly from Big Mussolini Rock to Slip Point area. Fish for bottomfish along the kelp beds in 20-30 foot depths with jigs, rubber worms, or herring.

Accessible by Boat

Species: Cabezon, Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Lingcod, Pacific Halibut, Pink Salmon
*note: no Sockeye or Chum retention in 2021-22 season

 

Pink Salmon Fishing

During odd years, returning Pink Salmon must first pass through most of Puget Sound, making them accessible to small boat and shore anglers using 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. Pink colored lures and flies are most commonly used 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 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 attracts the Pink Salmon to swim along and hopefully strike at your lure. The most common lure is a pink mini squid (hoochie), 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 - The pink buzz bomb and a pink mini squid (hoochie) jig are the most commonly used lures, 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 lb line is all you need to land these fish.
  • Flyfishing - The most commonly used fly 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 create the necessary action on your fly to entice a few strikes.

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.

Accessible by Boat

Accessible by Shoreline: Public access sites, including parks

Species: Pink Salmon