Salmon Fishing in Washington

Salmon Fishing in Washington
Anglers flock to Washington state for salmon fishing each year because it is possible to fish for five different species of salmon. Chum, sockeye, kings, silvers and pinks can all be caught in the saltwater and freshwater of Washington state. The deep and cold waters of Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands provide salmon fishing opportunities on the Pacific Ocean. The Columbia River and many of its tributaries have salmonids heading upstream to spawn annually. There are many charter operations and fishing guides to assist with a salmon fishing trip to Washington.

Seattle Fishing Charter: Adventure Charters

Adventure Charters is based in Seattle and takes anglers into the deep waters of Puget Sound. Charters include fishing gear and tackle, an iced cooler for your lunch and catch, use of foul-weather gear, guides and fish filleting and bagging. Shipping and freezing can be arranged at the harbor and docks. July through September are prime times for king, silver and pink salmon. There is a three-person minimum for charters. Orcas, sea lions and porpoise are frequently spotted during the charters. A valid Washington state fishing license is required for all anglers and can be purchased at area sports stores.

Adventure Charters
7001 SeaView Ave. N.W
Seattle, WA


Piscatorial Pursuits

Piscatorial Pursuits runs charters in Washington and Alaska. Washington salmon charters head into the rivers around the Olympic Peninsula. The Hoh, Bogachiel, Sol Duc, Quillayute and Calawah all have yearly king and silver salmon runs. September and October are prime time for the salmon runs. Piscatorial Pursuits can provide fishing gear and tackle, transportation or boat services, guides and use of foul-weather gear. Piscatorial claims to catch kings averaging around 25 to 35 pounds on trips. Filleting and shipping can be arranged through Piscatorial Pursuits. Valid Washington state fishing licenses are required and can be arranged with the assistance of Piscatorial Pursuits.

Piscatorial Pursuits
PO Box 919
Forks, WA 98331

Big King Salmon Charters

You can ply the waters of Puget Sound for king, sockeye, silver and pink salmon with Big King Salmon Charters. The charter operation is based out of Mount Terrace and runs trips into the cold, deep waters of the sound. July through mid-September are the prime times for king and silver salmon. Big King uses downrigged-trolling for salmon fishing in the sound, claiming it is the most effective way to land salmon. Use of fishing gear and tackle, foul-weather gear, guides and snacks are provided on tours. All guests must have a valid Washington state fishing license which can be bought at sporting goods stores or through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's website.

Big King Salmon Charters
21218 A 48th Ave. West
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043


Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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