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

Area

Months

Management Criteria

Encounters Guideline /Harvest Quota

Encounters /Harvest

Estimate Valid Through:

Percentage of Criteria

5 Summer Legal Size Encounters 7,342      
6 Summer Legal Size Encounters 9,400      

7

 

Summer Harvest Quota 1,800      
Total Unmarked Encounters 3,991    
Total Sublegal Encounters 2,573    
9 Summer Harvest Quota 4,700      
10 Summer Harvest Quota 3,966      
Total Sublegal Encounters 8,753    
11 June 1 -
June 30
Harvest Quota 580 639 June 03, 2022 110%
Total Unmarked Encounters 432 521 121%
Total Sublegal Encounters 752 313 42%
July 1 -
Sept 30
Harvest Quota 2,816      
Total Sublegal Encounters 3,373    

Winter Chinook fishery guidelines

Marine Area

Winter Season Dates

Management criteria

Encounters guideline

Encounters

Date

Percentage of Criteria

Current Status
5 March 1 - April 30, 2022 Managed as Season

*Updated 04/09/22

Closed

6

Closed for 2021 - 2022 Winter Season

7

Closed for 2021 - 2022 Winter Season

8.1 & 8.2

Closed for 2021 - 2022 Winter Season

9

Closed for 2021 - 2022 Winter Season

10 January 1 - March 30, 2022 Total Encounters 8,475 3,591 3/31/22 42% *Updated 04/08/22 Closed
Unmarked Encounters 1,105 756 3/31/22 68%
Sublegal Encounters 7,319 2,268 3/31/22 31%
11 November 1 - December 31, 2021 Total Encounters 1,001 1,385 11/19/21 138%

*Updated 11/23/2021

 

Closed

Unmarked Encounters 239 330 11/19/21 138%
Sublegal Encounters 637 1,055 11/19/21 166%
12 Closed for 2021 - 2022 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. 

For the latest updates on WDFW’s coronavirus response visit the WDFW Covid-19 response page.