Seasonal Puget Sound salmon fishery guidelines and quotas

Check the most recent Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet and the latest emergency rules for up-to-date regulations.

Learn more about the Puget Sound Chinook mark-selective fishery sampling methods and the Volunteer Trip Report program in our brochure

Summer Chinook fishery guidelines

AreaOpening DateManagement CriteriaEncounters Guideline /Harvest QuotaEncounters /HarvestEstimate Valid Through:Percentage of Criteria
5July 1Legal Size Encounters7,2547,51608/15104%
6July 1Legal Size Encounters11,5169,90908/1586%



July 13 (Thurs-Sat only)Harvest Quota2,1812,08807/2996%
Total Unmarked Encounters4,2582,68763%
Total Sublegal Encounters2,5442,687106%

July 13

(Thurs-Sat only)

Harvest Quota4,3004,55807/28106%
10July 13Harvest Quota3,5663,42008/2096%
Total Sublegal Encounters7,748  9,079117%
11June 1 Harvest Quota1,423988June 11, 202369%
Total Unmarked Encounters9011,036115%
Total Sublegal Encounters1,6971,13067%
July 1 Harvest Quota3,37982007/1624%
Total Sublegal Encounters3,8453,71597%

Winter Chinook fishery guidelines

Marine AreaWinter Season DatesManagement criteriaEncounters guidelineEncountersDatePercentage of CriteriaCurrent Status
5April 1 - April 30, 2024Sublegal Encounters3,7073,37704/1991%Closed
6Closed for 2023 - 2024 Winter Season
7Closed for 2023 - 2024 Winter Season
8.1 & 8.2Closed for 2023 - 2024 Winter Season
9Closed for 2023 - 2024 Winter Season
10March 1 - April 15, 2024Total Encounters4,9537,17603/23145%Closed
Unmarked Encounters9531,18903/23125%
Sublegal Encounters4,1814,18203/23100%
11March 1 - April 15, 2024Total Encounters1,1911,37204/15115%





Unmarked Encounters25940204/15155%
Sublegal Encounters81650204/1562%
12Closed for 2023- 2024 Winter Season

Puget Sound salmon fishing regulations hotline

The following information can also be found by calling 360-902-2500, ext. 5. See our fishing hotlines webpage for additional information and regulations.

Puget Sound (Marine Areas 5-13) recreational salmon fishing reopened on May 19, 2021 under permanent rules as listed in the 2021-2022 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.  Anglers should consult the 2021-2022 Washington Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet, Fish Washington mobile app, as well as the emergency rule changes webpage, before heading out.