Marine Area 10 Chinook Salmon Fishing

Nice haul of salmon from Marine Area 10

Marine Area 10 – Seattle / Bremerton is the heart of the Puget Sound and one of the best places hook into big chinook salmon in good number and in metabolic shape to be good biters.

Close by to major population centers with significant boat ramp access, makes fishing for chinook salmon in Marine Area 10 a popular activity. There are many places to fish however, so you won’t often find yourself in a crowd of boats the way many places are these days.

Another cool factor is you will often have overlapping seasons between chinook and coho, such that you can often target both in the same trip like the above photo.

Marine Area 10 is also great for the small boater as you can often leave directly from your favorite marina / boat launch and be fishing within a half mile or less.

Updated Creel Report for Marine Area 10 – Seattle / Bremerton Blackmouth / Winter Chinook Fishing

Updated Creel Report for Marine Area 10 – Seattle / Bremerton Summer Chinook Salmon Fishing

As the summer salmon season gets going, the above chart will be automatically updated with the creel report numbers.

When to fish for Chinook Salmon in Marine Area 10 – Seattle / Bremerton

Early to Mid August is absolute prime time to be on the water. Both in terms of numbers and size of the salmon.

Permanent Regulations for Marine Area 10 – Seattle / Bremerton

Please refer to the permanent regulations for Marine Area 10 as maintained by WDFW here.

SALMON
Entire Area
(see exceptions for Shilshole Bay, West Elliott Bay, East Elliott Bay, Harbor Island (Duwamish Waterways Sinclair Inlet/Port Orchard, and Agate Pass) (see 14 for Curley Creek, 15 Chico Creek, and 16 Grover Creek mouth closures on next page)
June 16-July 13No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum.
July 14-Aug. 31Chinook – min. size 22”. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Up to 1 Chinook may be retained. Release chum and wild Chinook.
Sept. 1-Oct. 31No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum.
Nov. 1-Jan. 31CLOSED.
Feb. 1-Mar. 31Chinook – min. size 22”. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Up to 1 Chinook may be retained. Release wild Chinook.
Shilshole Bay
(see 1 on next page for boundaries)
June 16-June 30No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum.
July 1-Aug. 31CLOSED.
Sept. 1-Oct. 31No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum.
Nov. 1-Jan. 31CLOSED.
Feb. 1-Mar. 31Chinook – min. size 22”. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Up to 1 Chinook may be retained. Release wild Chinook.
West Elliot Bay
(see 4 on next page for boundaries)
June 16-June 30No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum.
July 1-Aug. 31CLOSED.
Sept. 1-Oct. 31No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum.
Nov. 1-Jan. 31CLOSED.
Feb. 1-Mar. 31Chinook – min. size 22”. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Up to 1 Chinook may be retained. Release wild Chinook.
East Elliott Bay
(see 5 on next page for boundaries)
June 16-June 30No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum.
July 1-Aug. 4CLOSED.
Aug. 5-Aug. 7 (12:00 p.m.)Chinook – min. size 22”. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Release chum.
Aug. 7 (12:00 p.m.) – Aug. 31CLOSED.
Sept. 1-Oct. 31No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum.
Nov. 1-Jan. 31CLOSED.
Feb. 1-Mar. 31Chinook – min. size 22”. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Up to 1 Chinook may be retained. Release wild Chinook.
Harbor Island (Duwamish Waterways)
(see 6 on next page for boundaries)
June 16-June 30No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum.
July 1-Aug. 4CLOSED.
Aug. 5-Aug. 7 (12:00 p.m.)Chinook – min. size 22”. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Release chum. Night closure, anti-snagging rule, and only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.
Aug. 7 (12:00 p.m.) – Aug. 31CLOSED.
Sept. 1-Oct. 31No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum. Night closure, anti-snagging rule, and only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.
Nov. 1-Jan. 31CLOSED.
Feb. 1-Mar. 31Chinook – min. size 22”. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Up to 1 Chinook may be retained. Release wild Chinook.
Sinclair Inlet and Port Orchard
(see 10 on next page for boundaries)
(see 12 for Gorst Creek and 13 Black Jack Creek mouth closures on next page)
June 16-June 30No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum.
July 1-Sept. 30Chinook – min. size 22”. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 3. Release chum and wild Chinook. Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement.
Oct. 1-Oct. 31No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum.
Nov. 1-Jan. 31CLOSED.
Feb. 1-Mar. 31Chinook – min. size 22”. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Up to 1 Chinook may be retained. Release wild Chinook.
Agate Pass Area
(see 17 on next page for boundaries)
June 16-July 13No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum.
July 14-Aug. 31Chinook – min. size 22”. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Up to 1 Chinook may be retained. Release chum and wild Chinook.
Sept. 1-Oct. 31No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum.
Nov. 1-Dec. 31CLOSED.
Jan. 1-Mar. 31Catch-and-release. Fly fishing only. Lead core line prohibited.
Bremerton Boardwalk, Illahee State Park Pier, Seacrest Pier, and Waterman PierYear-roundChinook – min. size 22”. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Up to 1 Chinook may be retained.

Need more help understanding saltwater salmon regulations? Consult our guide to understanding saltwater salmon regulations in Washington here.

Emergency Regulations for Marine Area 10 – Seattle / Bremerton

Please refer to WDFW’s emergency rules page for a full list that are in effect.

Where to fish for Chinook Salmon in Marine Area 10 – Seattle / Bremerton

There are many places to target Chinook in Marine Area 10…but as a general rule, think about targeting shallower areas from 70 to 120 ft in depth that have a steep slope. This is where bait will often get pushed into big “bait balls” as currents get strong.

In general you want to fish the east side of Marine Area 10 on the flood and the west side on the ebb. I will list a few popular places that are pretty easy to find on a map via a google search:

West side places to fish in Marine Area 10 – Seattle / Bremerton

  • Kingston
  • President Point
  • Jeff Head
  • Skiff Point
  • Yeomalt Point

East side places to fish in Marine Area 10 – Seattle / Bremerton

  • Oil Docks south of Edmunds
  • Richmond Beach
  • Spring Beach
  • Meadow Point
  • West Point
  • Elliot Bay (if open / special regulations)
  • Alki Point

How to fish for Chinook Salmon in Marine Area 10 – Seattle / Bremerton

Take a look at our parent page Puget Sound Salmon Fishing for the best technique explanations here.

In general though, many techniques are going be successful. I will often keep things simple and downrigger troll with a kingfisher spoon like cookies n cream or herring aide in the 3.0 size on one rod and a hoochie or ace high fly in white or green/chartreuse on the other rod.

Dogfish are a real problem, but bait will produce as well.