Chum opens in deep South Sound, November 2023

Big teeth chum closeup

Chum fishing is the salmon species of November, along with a few places to find late coho of course. You can get chum salmon in the saltwater as well as the fresh. The best places in the saltwater are right in front of the natal streams they are bound for as they will stage there before coming in on a flood tide.

This blog post highlights some helpful resources as well as shares the recent WDFW news announced on a few new places in the deep South Sound to fish for and retain chum.

My favorite way to target chum in the saltwater in front of these creek mouths such as Minter or Kennedy is to rig an anchovy up mooching style underneath a slip bobber and fish water 10-20 feet in depth, allow an ebb current to pull your boat along while pulling and resting the bobber, which creates an up and down jigging action of the anchovy.

You can also target chum successfully in the freshwater with bobber and jig, tipped with a bit of prawn. I describe this significantly in the video below:

And also in this blog page:

How to catch chum salmon

Full WDFW News post below.

Action: Opens chum salmon retention within portions of Marine Area 13 and Kennedy Creek listed below.

Effective date: Immediately, through Dec. 7, 2023.

Species affected: Chum salmon.

Locations and rules:

  • Marine Area 13 waters northerly and westerly of a line projected from the Johnson Point (47°10’40.8″N, 122°48’53.3″W) to Devil’s Head (47°10’01.2″N, 122°46’01.5″W).
  • Marine Area 13 waters of Carr Inlet northerly of a line projected from Penrose Point (47°15’53.6″N, 122°44’11.5″W) to Green Point (47°16’55.2″N, 122°41’41.8″W).
  • Kennedy Creek from mouth (an arc 500 yards east of the midpoint of the northbound Highway 101 Bridge) to the northbound Highway 101 Bridge.

Marine Area 13, deep South Sound and Carr Inlet (waters listed above):

  • Effective immediately, through Dec. 7, 2023: Salmon daily limit is two (2). Chinook minimum size is 22 inches. Other salmon species no minimum size. Release wild coho and wild Chinook.

Kennedy Creek from mouth to northbound Highway 101 Bridge (described above):

  • Effective immediately, through Dec. 7, 2023: Salmon daily limit is two (2). Minimum size is 12 inches. Release wild coho and wild Chinook. Night Closure and Selective gear rules are in effect.

Reason for action: In-season estimates of chum returns to Puget Sound indicate that there are sufficient returning numbers to allow for limited recreational harvest in the areas listed and presents low risk of negatively impacting natural stocks returning to South Sound. These actions have been agreed to with co-managers.

Additional information: Waters of Marine Area 13 not covered above (which include waters surrounding Anderson Island and around the Nisqually River) remain under rules listed in the 2023/2024 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet and require release of chum salmon. Reminder, Kennedy Creek remains closed to all fishing and harvest other than the salmon opportunity listed.

Anglers should continue to check emergency regulations for new and changing seasons or sign up for email notifications on any rule change at In addition, anglers are reminded to refer to the 2023/2024 Washington Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet for other rules and regulations.

Information contact: Fish Program, 360-902-2700.