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Puget Sound: 12 fishing charters available

Orcas Island Charter Yacht

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Eastsound
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $600

Wind Knot Salmon Guides

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(99 reviews)
Seattle
trips from $300

Messin' Around Fishing Charter

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(84 reviews)
Bremerton
trips from $260

Pugetsound Sportsfishing

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(33 reviews)
Edmonds
trips from $265

Cut Plug Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(153 reviews)
Seattle
trips from $275

Puget Sound Salmon Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(13 reviews)
Seattle
trips from $225

A Spot Tail Salmon Guide

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(8 reviews)
Seattle
trips from $800

Mk Sport Fishing - Drift Boat

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Tacoma

Big King Salmon Charters

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(96 reviews)
Edmonds
trips from $250

Axis Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Edmonds
trips from $250

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Puget Sound

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Puget Sound are: Full list of top fishing charters in Puget Sound

The average price for a private 4 hour Puget Sound fishing trip is $1,046, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,234 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Puget Sound that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Puget Sound are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Puget Sound are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Puget Sound are:

Many fishing charters in Puget Sound provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Puget Sound are:

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Puget Sound are:
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $750
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $715
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $750
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $787
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $300

Anglers spend their time in Puget Sound fishing for some of the most iconic prizes in the Pacific Northwest. This massive inlet stretches from the waters south of the San Juan Islands down to Olympia, WA. With its many branching waterways and canals, the Sound reaches deep into the mainland, drawing Salmon, Lingcod, Halibut, and other fish in from the Pacific Ocean.

The result is stellar fishing, which has drawn people to the Sound for tens of thousands of years. Today, you’ll find Puget Sound fishing charters in towns all over the region, including major cities such as Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, and Olympia. With well over 1,000 square miles of water, you’ll find no shortage of sport fishing opportunities here.

Known For

Salmon are at the top of many anglers’ lists. These waters are home to several different species, including Chinook (King) Salmon, Coho, Chum, Pink, and juvenile Chinooks known as “Blackmouth” Salmon. Anglers have a blast catching resident Blackmouth Salmon in winter, while they mainly target other species in late summer. Pink Salmon only enter the Sound in years that end in odd numbers.

When they’re not hunting down Salmon, anglers make the most of Puget Sound’s superb bottom fishing. Depending on what part of the Sound you decide to fish, you could reel in the likes of Flounder, Halibut, Lingcod, Cabezon, and more. To make the most of local bottom fishing, plan your trip sometime in May or early June, when the season for Lingcod is open. You can catch Flounder in many parts of the sound year-round.

Dungeness Crab are open to harvest from July through early September. In some years, the season re-opens in October and November. Halibut are a rare find in these waters, typically in the northern reaches of the Sound, and anglers are only allowed to fish for them on pre-selected dates in May.

Where to Fish

North Puget Sound

At the far north of the Sound you’ll find great fishing in the waters around Deception Pass, Skagit Bay, Port Susan, and Port Gardner. These pockets of water offer plenty of angling from the shoreline and small boats, with the opportunity to catch a variety of bottom fish as well as Salmon. Here you’ll find Greenling, Cabezon, Lingcod, coastal Cutthroat Trout, Salmon, and the occasional Halibut. A modest Chinook fishery runs from late May through early June. You can fish for resident Chinook between November and April. Coho also swim in these waters, peaking from July to mid September. During odd years, you can catch Pink Salmon.

Admiralty Inlet

Heading south toward Hansville brings you to Admiralty Inlet, another portion of the Sound’s northern waters with excellent fishing for anglers aboard smaller boats. Here you’ll find more great winter Salmon fishing, followed by relatively strong runs of migratory Chinook and Cohos in late summer. Pink Salmon also make an appearance here when the time is right. You’ll find excellent fishing for Lingcod, Cabezon, and Halibut in May and early June.

Hood Canal

Continuing south, Puget Sound branches into two main bodies of water separated by the Kitsap Peninsula. To the west of the peninsula lies Hood Canal, which boasts excellent fishing for Chinook, Coho, Chum, and Pink Salmon. Here you’ll find a year-round supply of coastal Cutthroat Trout, with a peak season from March-May. Bottom fishing is prohibited in Hood Canal, except for a brief period from July through September when you can fish for Flounder.

Seattle

The water east of Kitsap Peninsula, between Seattle and Bremerton, produces some of the best fishing in the area. Whether you choose to board a local charter boat or to cast a few lines from shore, you’ll have great success fishing for Salmon, sea-run Cutthroat Trout, Lingcod, and Flounder.

Blackmouth Salmon are the main event in Seattle from late October through April. After a brief close to the season, Salmon fishing picks up again with large Chinooks in July, as well as Cohos and Pinks (in odd years). You won’t catch Halibut here, but there’s plenty of Flounder to make up for it all year. Lingcod and Cabezon open to harvest in May. In winter, night fishing for Squid from local piers is especially popular.

Tacoma and Vashon Island

Past Seattle sits Vashon Island, directly across the water from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The water between the island and Tacoma on the mainland offers excellent fishing for anglers with access to small boats or from the shore. Here you can enjoy fishing for Chinook throughout most of the year, including winter Blackmouths and migratory Chinook in summer. This area sees excellent fishing for Pink Salmon in odd years. You can catch Cutthroat Trout, Flounder, and Surf Perch year-round in this area. Similar to Seattle, pier fishing for Squid in winter is popular here.

South Puget Sound

The water south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge offers the unique opportunity to catch Salmon year-round. In fact, this southern portion of the Sound is the only body of water in the entire state where it’s legal to do so. Coho inhabit these waters almost all year, peaking in early months and again from August to November. Chum Salmon visit from September through December, preceded by Pink Salmon in years that end with an odd number. Here you can also fish year-round for Flounder, Squid, and Cutthroat. Pier and shore fishing around the south of Puget Sound is excellent, especially from March through May.

Puget Sound Fishing Styles

Trolling and Mooching

If you’re after Salmon, you can count on plenty of trolling to get the job done. Bottom trolling is especially effective, usually in 100-130 feet of water. A variety of baits and lures will entice a bite, including spoons, plugs, Herring, and plastic Squid.

Another method that anglers in Puget Sound rely on heavily is “mooching.” This traditional technique is best described as a form of drift fishing. Anglers hold the rods in their hands the entire time, allowing the bait to sink and reeling it in repeatedly to catch the Salmon’s attention. Many prefer this technique to trolling because you can feel the pull as soon as a Salmon strikes.

Bottom Fishing

Bottom fishing will help you catch Flounder, Halibut, Lingcod, and more. Mullet, Pinfish, Shrimp, Spots, and Croakers are all effective baits. Even bouncing a jig head along the bottom will produce results when fresh bait isn’t available. When targeting Halibut, using the freshest bait possible is crucial, since these fish hunt by scent. Some anglers apply oils and pastes to their bait to increase the scent.

Fly Fishing

The protected waters of Puget Sound are the perfect place for fly anglers to target Salmon and Cutthroat Trout. Contrary to popular belief, you can find marvelous fly fishing opportunities in the Sound all year, including Cutthroat in winter and all species of local Salmon as they come and go. You can enjoy fantastic fishing for Coho Salmon from August through October. A 6-wt rod works well, along with a variety of flies, depending on the season. Tan, gray, and olive Clousers, Chum Baby, and Grizzly Minnows are just a few of the flies that locals find effective.

Need to Know

Anglers age 16 and above must purchase a WA fishing license. A single day license costs around $10 for residents and $20 for non-residents (prices subject to change).

It’s important to note that fishing seasons and regulations are not the same in all areas of Puget Sound. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife provides information about which species are legal to keep in specific areas online. Booking one of many Puget Sound fishing charters is the best way follow local regulations.

Puget Sound
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Based on 25065 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

In January, it’s all about Blackmouth Salmon! Anglers in Puget Sound go wild over this small, hard-fighting fish. Fly fishermen have a blast targeting sea-run Cutthroat Trout.

February

Blackmouth Salmon and Cutthroat are available almost everywhere in the Sound at this time of year. At night, anglers line the piers in Seattle and Tacoma for winter Squid fishing.

March

More great fishing continues as the resident Blackmouth Salmon stay strong through winter. Depending on where you fish, dropping a line or two to the bottom will produce Flounder.

April

In some areas, Salmon season closes in April. This is an excellent time to turn your attention toward bottom fishing. Flounder are abundant and easy to catch, which makes them perfect for a family fishing trip!

May

May is the prime time for bottom fishing in Puget Sound. Lingcod and Cabezon are finally open to harvest. In the northern reaches of the sound, you may catch a Halibut here and there.

June

Great bottom fishing continues, with Lingcod, Cabezon, and Flounder available in most parts of the Sound. In some places, Chinook are starting to appear.

July

Come July, anglers in Puget Sound are gearing up for Salmon season. Chinook are here in full swing, with Cohos right behind them. In odd years, they’re joined by Pink Salmon. The season for Dungeness Crab is open.

August

August is a great time to explore the Sound, with your choice of bottom fishing for Cabezon and Flounder or trolling for a variety of Salmon species. You can add Crab to your cooler on the way back.

September

September is your last chance to experience the sheer variety Puget Sound has in store. You can still fish for many Salmon species, in addition to Flounder, Cabezon, and Crab early in the month.

October

You can expect good fishing for Coho Salmon in October. In southern Puget Sound, you’ll find excellent fishing for Coho, Chum, and Cutthroat Trout. Flounder fishing is fair.

November

If you’re in the market for Salmon, your chances are best in the southern waters of the Sound, where you can still catch plenty of fish and keep them. Otherwise, it’s all about bottom fishing! 

December

Fishing opportunities are limited in December. The season for Salmon is closed in most parts of the sound, and Flounder are scarce. You can catch Cutthroat Trout on fly or fish for Squid from the piers in Seattle.

Puget Sound Fishing Calendar

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Could just be the season but there was a ton of bait fish but also almost an infestation of dog sharks who would grab your bait before most salmon had a chance.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Could just be the season but there was a ton of bait fish but also almost an infestation of dog sharks who would grab your bait before most salmon had a chance.
David  C.
David C. Seattle, Washington
This is very convenient for those living in the Seattle-area, especially during the Coho run. Not even 10 minutes of sailing and you are on the fish. Very much worth it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This is very convenient for those living in the Seattle-area, especially during the Coho run. Not even 10 minutes of sailing and you are on the fish. Very much worth it.
Christopher  M.
Christopher M. Tacoma, WA

Cut Plug Charters
Cut Plug Charters
Fishing charter in Seattle
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(153 reviews)
Would highly recommend equipment was in excellent shape for the type of fishing we were doing. Captain was pleasant and attentive the entire trip. Worked hard on getting on the fish and the crabbing was excellent! Would highly recommend!!
Anthony  D.
Anthony D. Pittsford, NY
Cut Plug Charters
Cut Plug Charters
Fishing charter in Seattle
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(153 reviews)
My son and I enjoyed our time fishing today with Captain Kyle. He put us on fish and helped make the trip fun.I would do it again!
Steven  H.
Steven H. Plant City, FL
Cut Plug Charters
Cut Plug Charters
Fishing charter in Seattle
Very good
4.0 / 5
(153 reviews)
We had fun while we were out..we all dressed in several layers and still ended up getting to cold to finish out trip. The captain was very understanding tho so that was nice. The water was rough and my Ole bones felt it the next day
Angelic  F.
Angelic F. Utica, NE
Big King Salmon Charters
Big King Salmon Charters
Fishing charter in Edmonds
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(96 reviews)
This was an incredible trip! Captain Chris was transparent about our chances since it was so late in the season and he still got us on fish. It was my father's first salmon fishing and he landed a nice coho. I can't recommend Big King Salmon Charter highly enough. We are already making plans for next year's charter!!!
Kyrrah  N.
Kyrrah N. Everett, WA
Cut Plug Charters
Cut Plug Charters
Fishing charter in Seattle
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(153 reviews)
Top rate from beginning to end. Will book as many trips as possible with this guide next year!
Dave  R.
Dave R. Bothell, Washington
Axis Charters
Axis Charters
Fishing charter in Edmonds
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
So much fun and the view of the mountains was amazing but nothing beats pulling in the salmon that was incredible!! Highly recommended for anyone! Captain Jeff cleaned and filet the fish at the end of the trip too 👍
Scott  M.
Scott M. Seattle, Washington
Big King Salmon Charters
Big King Salmon Charters
Fishing charter in Edmonds
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(96 reviews)
Our day trip with Captain Chris was wonderful! We went out during a Coho Salmon Derby. We caught several big fish and Chris was a great guide and host for the day. I would definitely recommend this charter company and would go out on the boat with Chris again!
Miles  A.
Miles A. Seattle, Washington
Pugetsound Sportsfishing
Pugetsound Sportsfishing
Fishing charter in Edmonds
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(33 reviews)
Our family of 4 had a great time. Our guide did everything he could to make sure our son caught some fish. He was very knowledgeable and kind. Even though we don’t all fish, we all enjoyed our time on the boat. Highlight of our Seattle trip so far :) Thanks so much, if we’re back in town would do again 10/10!
Toni  A.
Toni A. Ford, WA
Cut Plug Charters
Cut Plug Charters
Fishing charter in Seattle
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(153 reviews)
Our trip with Captain Kyle was great! We caught 3 salmon (allowed 2 per person) and he filleted the first and gutted the rest - was told that it cost extra to fillet more (just FYI as I didn’t see this on the website). Kyle knew a lot and overall we had a very enjoyable trip!
Melissa  B.
Melissa B. Seattle, Washington
Puget Sound Salmon Fishing
Puget Sound Salmon Fishing
Fishing charter in Seattle
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
I had an awesome time, Captain Cary put us on the first bite within 5 minutes of starting. His knowledge an expertise made for a fun an exciting day. We caught our limit with some really nice coho. Would definetely do this particular charter again. Do not miss the opportunity to experience fishing at its finest, I would highly recommend booking with Captain Cary. Captain Cary has the passion and commitment to ensure your day on the water is memorable.
William  P.
William P. Zephyrhills, FL
Cut Plug Charters
Cut Plug Charters
Fishing charter in Seattle
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(153 reviews)
Wonderful time. We caught our limits of coho salmon. One was greater than 10 pounds. Captains were nice, helpful and knowledgeable. It was a great experience.
Christy  H.
Christy H. Maplesville, AL
Wind Knot Salmon Guides
Wind Knot Salmon Guides
Fishing charter in Seattle
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(99 reviews)
Beautiful Fall weather out on the Sound. Dave made sure each of us caught at least one Coho. He was very attentive to the fishing lines and cleaned and filleted our catches upon our return. All in all was a fun experience and wouldn’t mind doing it again.
Lee  N.
Lee N. Price, UT
Cut Plug Charters
Cut Plug Charters
Fishing charter in Seattle
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(153 reviews)
Had an awesome time. Caught my limit and was able to send the fish back home to Florida to enjoy my catch.
TRACY  G.
TRACY G. Tavares, FL
Messin' Around Fishing Charter
Messin' Around Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Bremerton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
I had a great time. Matt was solid. He knew where to go and gave plenty of pointers for fishing around the area, not just his charter.
Jose  A.
Jose A. Herndon, VA
Big King Salmon Charters
Big King Salmon Charters
Fishing charter in Edmonds
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(96 reviews)
Great guy to talk to. Really knows his stuff. VERY patient with his first timers. Chartered with Captain Chris multiple times now with family who hadn't fished before. He should start an OnlyFins account. ;) Videos speak for themselves. Thanks for another great time Captain Chris!
Richard  C.
Richard C. Renton, WA
Messin' Around Fishing Charter
Messin' Around Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Bremerton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
We had an excellent time! Mathew is very personable, down to earth, and very passionate about what he does. This was a bucket list item for a close friend of mine and he was on cloud nine out there. Thanks, Mathew!
Christina  B.
Christina B. Ruston, WA
Messin' Around Fishing Charter
Messin' Around Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Bremerton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Did the 6am outing and caught the 2 x Coho limit in 3 hours. Great captain and boat
Grant  C.
Grant C. Austin, TX
Axis Charters
Axis Charters
Fishing charter in Edmonds
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Captain Jeff was great. We caught our limit. He was very knowledgeable, and friendly. Some of our group has fished other charters in other states he was hands down the best captain. Jeff will do everything in his power to make sure you catch fish.
Karen  L.
Karen L. Watkins, MN
Puget Sound Salmon Fishing
Puget Sound Salmon Fishing
Fishing charter in Seattle
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Had a great day out fishing with Captain Sean! He was very knowledgeable and made the trip so enjoyable! He must have known exactly where to go because we caught our limit in 1.5 hours! Great day out at sea!
Raeanne  K.
Raeanne K. Marshfield, WI
Wind Knot Salmon Guides
Wind Knot Salmon Guides
Fishing charter in Seattle
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(99 reviews)
Captain is a super chill guy. Very knowledgeable. We caught fish and seen wildlife. Super cool. If I do it again it will be during chinook season.
Mitch  F.
Mitch F. Fargo, North Dakota