June has been a phenomenal month to be a fisherman in the Seattle area and the rest of Washington State! Great weather and more fishing opportunities than you can shake a stick at.
Salmon fishing season is just getting started for us in Washington. Seattle anglers have been seeing phenomenal Resident Coho fishing in Seattle’s Marine Area 10 at Jeff Head, Meadow Point, Oil Docks and the Shipping Lanes. A little to the north, fishing at Tulalip Bay has been steady for Chinook, and the average catch is holding at 12-20 pounds. Washington’s coastal waters are back open for business and anglers fishing in Westport and Neah Bay have been finding a few hungry ocean Chinook. Neah Bay and La Push are still closed due to Covid concerns, so the northern areas are only accessible from Sekiu. No outside visitors are allowed entry at the ports of Neah Bay or La Push.
Lingcod fishing has been great in Puget Sound and the coast. Head out for these feisty fish in Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands until it closes June 15, then head to the coast and hit the open ocean out of Westport, where fishing has been incredible for Lingcod and Rockfish.
Lake fishing has been a strong option throughout the metro region. Trout fishing has been great, and the Largemouth and Smallmouth bass fishing has been really popping with the warmer water temps.
River fishing on the Skykomish River has been decent for Summer Chinook and Steelhead, and should only get better through mid-July, if not later!
Halibut fishing in Puget Sound and the Straits has been as good as anyone has seen in recent memory. Hit Admiralty Inlet or the banks in the Straits for something close to home, or truck it out to Sekiu. Keep an eye on the state website, fishing has been so good that we may have a few weeks left before the quota has been caught. As of June 20, more than 2,000 Halibut have been caught, which is a very impressive number. Check out WDFW Halibut Page for updates.
Spot Shrimp We had a banner day on the Puget Sound opener June 11, and we may get one more day inside, but the liberal seasons in the Straits and San Juan Islands have produced some impressive hauls for those looking to leave the city for a shrimping trip. Hood Canal has a few more dates in the calendar as well! Please check WDFW Shrimping Page for more details.
I’m in full fishing mode right now, hope to see you out there! Give a wave!