Fishing Reports and Blog for Seattle, Washington
Welcome to Fishing in Seattle!
I’ve been an angler, guide and charter operator in Washington pretty much my entire adult life. I want my website to be a place of learning and encouragement for all of you that enjoy fishing in Seattle and Washington State. Search the Blog for the most recent information, or check out the Locations section or Species section based on what you are most interested in!
Fishing in Seattle – January 2020
I’m pretty excited about January fishing options around here! One of my favorites, Puget Sound Winter Chinook (Blackmouth) fishery just opened up on New Year’s Day in Marine Area 10 and fishing was good! Pacific Coast beaches will be welcoming us back for many days of Razor Clam openings. Locally, we get a shot at Dungeness Crab this month in Marine Areas 8-1, parts of 8-2, 9 and parts of 12. The local Steelhead season has been a bust so far, but fishing is still open on many rivers around the Olympic Peninsula. Heck, I might even get out on Lake Sammamish to troll for Cutthroat Trout!
I’m trying to live in the moment and get out on the water as much as I can this month, but February looks just as promising! Marine Areas 7, 8-1, 8-2 and 9 opens for Winter Chinook, Olympic Peninsula Wild Steelhead should be in full swing, and maybe (fingers crossed) some additional Razor Clam openings?! Get out there, bundle-up, and have fun on the water this month everyone!
Andrew Moravec, Riptidefish.com
Washington State Fishing Locations
Search this section for information on the best fishing locales for each Washington State region.
Washington Coast & Olympic Peninsula
Washington’s Wild Westside. Rugged coastline, Pacific Beaches, offshore frontiers, temperate rain forests and untamed rivers. Push the drift boat off the river bank or follow the horizon west into the sea for your piece of adventure. Coming Soon!
Puget Sound Region & Seattle
Salish Sea’s endless inland waterways, passages, islands and fishing haunts. Bountiful rivers and lakes in the Puget Sound Lowlands. Come fishing out of Big City Seattle or escape to the wild edges of Puget Sound. Coming Soon!
Cascade Range & Central
Rugged and remote separation zone between West and East. A wild and mountainous region peppered with Alpine Lakes and Streams perfect for finding solitude and great high country fishing. Coming Soon!
Big country on the Eastside. Big rivers and countless desert lakes lay in the land of heavy agriculture, sagebrush covered hills and pine covered ridgelines. Coming Soon!
Washington Fish Species
Search this section for information on the best tips, techniques and locations for each of the species that we fish for in Washington State.
Five Species of Pacific Salmon to chase in our rivers and marine areas! Coming Soon!
Whether it’s a small Chicken or a brag-worthy Barn Door, Halibut fillets are a crowd favorite! Coming Soon!
Head to the river and get on the hunt for the highly prized and often elusive Steelhead. Coming Soon!
Lingcod are the bullies of the reef, and are a fierce adversary, with delicious white fillets but a face only a mother could love. Coming Soon!
Sometimes an easy catch, sometimes not so much. Always a fun time chasing trout in our lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, and saltwater beaches. Coming Soon!
Plentiful all up and down the Pacific Coast, fun to catch bottomfish with yummy fillets! Coming Soon!
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are in lakes and ponds in across Washington State. A true gamefish and worthy opponent! Coming Soon!
Crab & Shrimp
Hauling up Dungenes Crab or Spot Shrimp from Washington waters is a hallowed tradition and yields one of my favorite foods! Coming Soon!
Top Fishing Picks for January 2020
What is bobber fishing for Winter Steelhead? Great question, thanks for asking! This technique uses an enticing presentation, such as a jig, bead, yarn or some form of bait and is rigged below a float/bobber. This is one of the best Winter Steelhead fishing techniques. It is beloved by experienced and beginner Steelhead fishermen alike. It is easy to learn and has amazing versatility. If you want to catch Winter Steelhead, you must learn how to float fish. Read More…
Extended January season for Dungeness Crab in parts of Puget Sound! Puget Sound is a summer paradise and Dungeness Crab are arguably the most sought after bounty. Small boats work the nearshore waters, the baiting and setting and pulling of pots all for a payout of big hard shell crab. Dungeness Crab are one of the tastiest shellfish that we find in Puget Sound. They are so delicious that about a quarter million crabbing licenses are sold in Puget Sound every year. Read More…
Recent Fishing Posts
I rang in the New Year the same way as I did last year, with an early-to-bed-early-to-rise schedule so that my awesome crew could enjoy opening day of the Winter Blackmouth fishing season in Seattle’s Marine Area 10. The last time I had my boat out salmon fishing on Puget Sound was mid-September, and the …
Herring is the bait of choice for many of the Northwest’s top salmon fishermen. Having the highest quality baits will increase your catch, and brining it the night before can help make that happen. Even the best quality herring needs a little love. Brining will help toughen them up, making them stay fishing longer. Special …
Early digs in September and October were fantastic, and expect more to come as we get deeper into the season! I love hitting the beaches this time of year, it’s the perfect way to harvest some fresh local seafood and enjoy some time outdoors. All the digs this time of year are after dark, so …