Puget Sound Bottom Fishing Charters

Puget Sound Bottom Fishing Charters

Best Bottom Fishing Charters in Puget Sound

Top Bottom Fishing Charters in Puget Sound

Bottom Fishing in Puget Sound

Anglers spend their time in Puget Sound bottom fishing for some of the finest delicacies in the Pacific Northwest. Measuring close to 930 feet deep, the protected waters of the sound are abundant with Flounder, Lingcod, Cabezon, and more. Anglers fish the sound all year, usually seeing what they can pull up from the bottom in between Salmon seasons. Of course, there’s plenty of reasons to keep bottom fishing no matter the time of year: The fish taste fantastic and catching them can be a blast for the whole family!

What to Catch

The most common catch in these waters is Flounder, a relative of Halibut also known locally as “Sand Dabs.” This flatfish lives on the seafloor in water 40-120 feet deep and anglers hook into as many as 50-100 of them in a single trip. Fishing for Flounder is a great way to introduce children to the sport, since this fish is small and easy to catch.

The season for Lingcod runs from May to mid-June. While this may not be the prettiest fish you reel in from the bottom of the sound, it is one of the tastiest. Lings can grow to over 40 lbs, but anglers are only allowed to keep smaller fish (8-17 lbs).

You can add Dungeness Crab to your cooler as a little something extra if you’re fishing between July and early September (usually until Labor Day). In some years, the season re-opens in October and November.

How to Fish

While bottom fishing in Puget Sound, you’re likely to spend a lot of time drift fishing. This simple but effective technique produces Lingcod, Flounder, and other fish along the seafloor. Common baits include Spots, Croakers, Mullet, Pinfish, and Shrimp. You can even bounce jig heads along the bottom to entice a bite, but this is not nearly as effective as fishing with bait.

Size and bag limits apply to many species and you may not always be able to keep your catch. Be sure to ask your captain about local regulation ahead of time, or check for updates online before your trip.

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Reviews of Fishing in Bottom Fishing in Puget Sound

Half day trip with Wind Knot Guides
Gregory F. fished with Wind Knot Salmon Guides on July 6, 2019
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I loved my trip with Capt. David. We got on fish right away and when or if a fish took a hook he’d let me do as much or little as I wanted to re-outfit and get back in the water. As an avid steelhead/salmon fisher I super appreciated getting to have hands on. I highly recommend his charter for those like myself or the first timer. I am from California, Wind Knot Salmon Guides filled my first ever Washington salmon trip with hilarious stories, caught lots of fish and I had a great day in the Sound.
Fun Trip With Captain Haug
Christopher M. fished with Big King Salmon Charters on August 18, 2018
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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.
Half day trip with Captain Chris
Cathy J. fished with Big King Salmon Charters on August 12, 2018
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Check when the fishing seasons are and what you are fishing for.
Fishing with Chris
John H. fished with Big King Salmon Charters on August 8, 2018
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Find out when the pink salmon are running
Good Experience
Andrea D. fished with Big King Salmon Charters on October 7, 2017
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Check the weather, and dress appropriately.

Top Targeted Bottom Fishing Species in Puget Sound