Seattle Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Seattle Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Seattle

Deep Sea Fishing in Seattle

Forget everything you thought you knew about deep sea fishing and come see how the locals do it in Seattle. Here, you can drop lines in the water just minutes after leaving the dock and pull up massive fish without losing sight of the city skyline. On one of these trips, you’ll never leave Puget Sound and you’ll never fish in water more than 930’ deep. This may be a far cry from what you expected, and farther still from the deep sea fishing available on Washington’s coast. But it’s worth stretching the definition a little, because the deep sea fishing Seattle has to offer puts a unique spin on the concept.

What to Catch

Nothing gets local anglers riled up like the Chinook Salmon in Puget Sound. Juvenile Chinook—also called “Blackmouth” Salmon—swim in these waters all year, but you’ll see anglers fishing for them mostly from November through April. These hard-fighting fish peak in the coldest months, providing locals with plenty of blood-pumping action in the dead of winter.

The local Salmon season typically closes in April and reopens in June when mature Chinook enter the sound. These large King Salmon are closely followed by Cohos in July, accompanied by Pink Salmon in odd years. Even when regulations prevent anglers from keeping local Salmon, many continue to catch and release these fish because they provide such great sport.

When they’re not fishing for Salmon, anglers in Seattle hook into a steady supply of Flounder. This flatfish is easy to catch and the sound is absolutely riddled with them. You can add Lingcod, Cabezon, and other bottom dwellers to your cooler when the season opens in May.

Seattle Deep Sea Fishing Techniques

Spend a day fishing in Puget Sound and you’ll see why many anglers compare the experience to classic deep sea fishing. Anglers the world over rely on trolling and bottom fishing when it comes to this technique, and local fishermen here are no exception. Unsurprisingly, deep sea fishing in Seattle involves a lot of bottom fishing for Flounder, Lingcod, and Cabezon.

You can also expect a great deal of trolling for Salmon, but not quite like the surface trolling you’re used to. Locals typically catch Blackmouth Salmon by trolling near the bottom in 100-130 feet of water. Using a downrigger, they manage to target the fish closest to the bottom of the sound, putting the “deep” in deep sea fishing. This method allows anglers to use lighter tackle, intensifying the action when they hook into one of these hard-fighting beasties. Lures such as spoons and plugs or bait like Squid and Herring both work well for deep trolling.

Another tactic favored by anglers in Seattle is mooching, a traditional hands-on approach to Salmon fishing. Rather than placing the rods in holders and dragging multiple lines behind the boat, local guides place a rod in every angler’s hands and allow them to drift fish. This way, you can feel the pull as soon as a Salmon strikes. Some locals prefer this technique above all others and passionately advocate mooching over trolling with downriggers. The trick is to constantly keep your bait in motion, dropping it down and reeling it back up again repeatedly. Herring is a popular bait choice for mooching.

Seattle
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 27,740 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Seattle

Listen to the guy who’s been doing it for ages. Don’t assume you know everything. Be willing to learn new techniques. You’ll catch them.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Listen to the guy who’s been doing it for ages. Don’t assume you know everything. Be willing to learn new techniques. You’ll catch them.
EiLeen  A.
EiLeen A. Oreland, PA
It was warm but not until around 10. Otherwise the sites were beautiful and the fish were biting a lot!! A few dog fish but we caught way more salmon than dog.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was warm but not until around 10. Otherwise the sites were beautiful and the fish were biting a lot!! A few dog fish but we caught way more salmon than dog.
Taylor  T.
Taylor T.
Just get out on the water where you will find great adventure and make lifelong memories!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just get out on the water where you will find great adventure and make lifelong memories!
Marshall  M.
Marshall M. Bellevue, Washington
Keep in touch with your alloted captain and charter company, ask what weather and fishing conditions have been like and recommended changes prior to your arrival.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Keep in touch with your alloted captain and charter company, ask what weather and fishing conditions have been like and recommended changes prior to your arrival.
Ryan  T.
Ryan T. Albuquerque, NM
Be prepared for different weather conditions. It can be very chilly in the morning out on the water, but can get quite warm in the afternoon.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for different weather conditions. It can be very chilly in the morning out on the water, but can get quite warm in the afternoon.
Natosha  W.
Natosha W. Everett, WA
Check regulations on limits. Two fish is the limit. Assess whether a shorter trip than six hours is appropriate: we booked six hours, however only fished three because we had reached our limit, and the Guide was hesitant to continue catching and releasing, even though the hooks were barbless. as a guide myself, I totally understand this stance. Overall great trip.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Check regulations on limits. Two fish is the limit. Assess whether a shorter trip than six hours is appropriate: we booked six hours, however only fished three because we had reached our limit, and the Guide was hesitant to continue catching and releasing, even though the hooks were barbless. as a guide myself, I totally understand this stance. Overall great trip.
Randel  C.
Randel C. Hicks, LA
The salmon moved around and so did we. The captain put us on top of bait balls. We caught our limit of coho within 1.5 hours. We did 1 more hour of C n R. We went on to fishing for flounder. The action was continuous.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The salmon moved around and so did we. The captain put us on top of bait balls. We caught our limit of coho within 1.5 hours. We did 1 more hour of C n R. We went on to fishing for flounder. The action was continuous.
Patricia  M.
Patricia M.
Book a guide for lake or River fishing to get a better idea on where to go & what to throw .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a guide for lake or River fishing to get a better idea on where to go & what to throw .
Mike  S.
Mike S. Fayetteville, TX
Try to go on a day without a lot of wind - the day we went it was extremely windy and we had a lot of chop.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Try to go on a day without a lot of wind - the day we went it was extremely windy and we had a lot of chop.
Ken  F.
Ken F. Knoxville, TN
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

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