Sekiu and Pillar Point - Marine Area 5

Marine Area 5 is located between the mouth of the Sekiu River east to Low Point (mouth of the Lyre River) and south of the U.S./Canada border within the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the Olympic Peninsula. This area provides some of the best fishing opportunities for salmon and bottomfish. The majority of the salmon runs will pass through this area first during the summer before entering Puget Sound, which provides some earlier fishing opportunities where the fish are known to bite! During odd years, an additional two pink salmon can be kept from July to early September which provides an extra incentive to make the trip even more worthwhile; 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 typically runs from mid-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.

Legal description

Major fishing areas

Pillar Point

Halibut are fished here by using jigs or 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 pound 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: 

  • 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.

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

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

Summer Chinook and blackmouth are caught by trolling using downrigger or diver with flasher with hoochie, spoon, or herring. Troll in the 120 foot depth off the Caves and Eagle Pt. 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 way to catch salmon. Try fishing for bottom fish 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, Sockeye salmon

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 with flasher with hoochie, spoon, or herring in the 120-150 foot range, keeping the gear near the bottom on the out going tide, or mooch or jig to catch Chinook, coho, pink, or blackmouth. At Big Mussolini Rock to Slip Point area, try mooching or jigging. Fish for bottom fish along the kelp beds in 20-30 foot depths with jigs, rubber worms, or herring. Consider trying to fish for sockeye with similar gear (small pink hootchies) and methods (very slow) as pink salmon; you will need to use your fish finder to get your gear down to the fish.

Accessible by Boat

Species: Cabezon, Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, Lingcod, Pacific Halibut, Pink salmon, Sockeye salmon