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 (PDF)

Summer Chinook fishery guidelines

AreaOpening DateManagement CriteriaEncounters Guideline /Harvest QuotaEncounters /HarvestEstimate Valid Through:Percentage of Criteria
5July 1Legal Size Encounters6,539   
6July 1Legal Size Encounters11,173   



July 18 (Thurs-Sat only)Harvest Quota2,181   
Total Unmarked Encounters3,845  
Total Sublegal Encounters2,141  

July 18

(Thurs-Sat only)

Harvest Quota3,900   
10July 18Harvest Quota3,166   
Total Sublegal Encounters6,477  
11June 5 (Wed- Sat only)Harvest Quota1,423   
Total Unmarked Encounters910  
Total Sublegal Encounters2,608  
July 18Harvest Quota3,379   
Total Sublegal Encounters5,907  

Winter Chinook fishery guidelines

Marine AreaWinter Season DatesManagement criteriaEncounters guidelineEncountersDatePercentage of CriteriaCurrent Status
5April 1 - April 30, 2025Sublegal Encounters2,168    
6Closed for 2024 - 2025 Winter Season
7Closed for 2024 - 2025 Winter Season
8.1 & 8.2Closed for 2024 - 2025 Winter Season
9Closed for 2024 - 2025 Winter Season
10March 16 - April 30, 2025Total Encounters4,787    
Unmarked Encounters735   
Sublegal Encounters4,055   
11March 16 - April 30, 2025Total Encounters1,196    
Unmarked Encounters209   
Sublegal Encounters840   
12Closed for 2024- 2025 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.