Marine Area 9 Chinook Salmon Fishing

Chinook salmon head pic

Marine Area 9 is a special place to target chinook salmon to puget sound rivers. Typically opening in mid-July, the waters of Admiralty Inlet / Marine Area 9 will see all of the interior Puget Sound chinook salmon swimming through on their way to natal streams.

Close enough to major population centers to be a short boat ride away and host to famous salmon fishing haunts such as Possession Bar, Point no Point and Mid-channel bank, Marine Area 9 represents the very soul of Puget Sound salmon fishing.

As chinook abundance in specific rivers throughout Puget Sound becomes more of a challenge, places to target chinook that could see all runs of salmon passing through become harder and harder for fisheries managers to craft seasons around.

Indeed, in 2022 salmon season planning, sport anglers almost lost most if not all of the Marine Area 9 opportunity.

Updated Creel Report for Marine Area 9 – Admiralty Inlet Chinook Salmon Fishing

The above chart will update automatically with data as catch rates are reported in Marine Area 9…I wouldn’t be using this to plan my fishing trip though…when it’s open, just go!

When to fish for Chinook Salmon in Marine Area 9 – Admiralty Inlet

As you can see that early part of the season is typically the best. This is in large part to the metabolic factors of chinook being more active in feeding earlier on, but also chinook don’t spend a ton of time in Marine Area 9. They generally pass through on their way to other marine areas which boast the rivers they stage around before heading into freshwater.

Marine Area 9 doesn’t boat any such rivers that returning chinook salmon will stage around, so they generally pass through while munching on a variety of bait fish and other critters.

Permanent Regulations for Marine Area 9 – Admiralty Inlet

Please refer to the permanent regulations for Marine Area 9 as maintained by WDFW here.

SALMON
Entire Area
(see exceptions for Edmonds Public Fishing Pier and Hood Canal Fishery below and Admiralty Head Marine Preserve and Keystone Conservation Area)
July 14-July 27Open Thursdays through Saturdays only. Chinook – min. size 22”. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Up to 1 hatchery Chinook may be retained. Release chum, wild coho, and wild Chinook.
July 28-Aug. 15Chinook – min. size 22”. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Up to 1 hatchery Chinook may be retained. Release chum, wild coho, and wild Chinook.
Aug. 16-Sept. 25No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook, chum, and wild coho.
Edmonds Public Fishing Pier
(see 5 and 6 on previous page for boundaries)
Oct. 1-July 31Chinook – min. size 22”. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Up to 1 Chinook may be retained.
Aug. 1-Sept. 30Chinook – min. size 22”. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Up to 1 Chinook may be retained. Release chum.
Northern Hood Canal Fishery
(see 7 on previous page for boundaries)
July 16-Aug. 15CLOSED.
Aug. 16-Sept. 30No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook, chum, and wild coho.
Admiralty Head Marine Preserve and Keystone Conservation Area
(see 8 and 9 on previous page for boundaries)
Year-roundCLOSED.

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

Emergency Regulations for Marine Area 9 – Admiralty Inlet

Please refer to WDFW’s emergency rules page for a full list that are in effect until I can get the automation working fully again.

How to fish for Chinook Salmon in Marine Area 9 – Admiralty Inlet

Take a look at our parent page on hooking chinook in the puget sound.