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

Opening Date

Management Criteria

Encounters Guideline /Harvest Quota

Encounters /Harvest

Estimate Valid Through:

Percentage of Criteria

5 July 1 Legal Size Encounters 7,254 7,516 08/15 104%
6 July 1 Legal Size Encounters 11,516 9,909 08/15 86%

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July 13 (Thurs-Sat only)

Harvest Quota 2,181 2,088 07/29 96%
Total Unmarked Encounters 4,258 2,687 63%
Total Sublegal Encounters 2,544 2,687 106%
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July 13

(Thurs-Sat only)

Harvest Quota 4,300 4,558 07/28 106%
10 July 13 Harvest Quota 3,566 3,420 08/20 96%
Total Sublegal Encounters 7,748   9,079 117%
11 June 1  Harvest Quota 1,423 988 June 11, 2023 69%
Total Unmarked Encounters 901 1,036 115%
Total Sublegal Encounters 1,697 1,130 67%
July 1  Harvest Quota 3,379 820 07/16 24%
Total Sublegal Encounters 3,845 3,715 97%

Winter Chinook fishery guidelines

Marine AreaWinter Season DatesManagement criteriaEncounters guidelineEncountersDatePercentage of CriteriaCurrent Status
5April 1 - April 30, 2024Sublegal Encounters3,7072,78404/0775%Open
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 Encounters1,19181804/0769%

 

Open

 

 

Unmarked Encounters25917404/0767%
Sublegal Encounters81634704/0743%
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.