Fishing for Chinook Salmon in Marine Area 6 can provide an incredible experience! Typically, the chinook salmon retention area is the area west of the red buoy at Ediz Hook.
That Ediz Hook troll is where I caught my first chinook on my first boat I’ve owned in the area. The waters of Marine Area 6 are often “big water”, so you need to have some idea of what you are getting into before venturing out.
I will never forget that first time out taking one pass to hook a king in 70 ft of water trolling a small spoon while battling 4 ft wind waves / swells leftover from an earlier storm. We caught that one chinook and got the heck out of there!
While I’ve shifted much of my effort further west towards Sekiu and Neah, that Ediz Hook troll will have a special place in my heart and it’s a place where a serious beat down often occurs on chinook salmon headed for Puget Sound and Hood Canal rivers
Updated Creel Report for Marine Area 6 – Port Angeles Chinook Salmon Fishing
The above chart will update automatically as creel reports are uploaded on the WDFW site.
When to fish for Chinook Salmon in Marine Area 6 – Port Angeles
Marine Area 6 will typically boast a longer season than many areas of the interior Puget Sound and fishing can be great all the way from that first day in July and into August.
My absolute favorite thing about Port Angeles area chinook though is that how good biters they usually are.
These salmon are often very actively feeding and they will have that brilliant chrome / blue / purple color pattern you only see on an ocean chinook that is nowhere close to its spawning ground.
Good biters, and good numbers with ample season opportunity explains that chart and Port Angeles chinook salmon fishing as well.
Permanent Regulations for Marine Area 6 – Port Angeles
Please refer to the permanent regulations for Marine Area 9 as maintained by WDFW here.
|Chinook Selective FisheryWest of a true north/south line through the #2 Buoy immediately east of Ediz Hook (See 6 on previous page) (See exception for Freshwater Bay below)||July 1-Aug. 15||Chinook – min. size 22”. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Up to 1 Chinook may be retained. Release chum, wild coho, and wild Chinook.|
|Aug. 16-Sept. 28||No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook, chum, and wild coho.|
(See 7 on previous page)
|Port Angeles Harbor, Sequim Bay, and Discovery Bay|
(See 8, 11 and 12 on previous page)
|July 1-Aug. 15||CLOSED.|
|Aug. 16-Sept. 30||No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook, chum, and wild coho. .|
|Chinook Release AreaEast of a true north/south line through the #2 Buoy immediately east of Ediz Hook (See 9 on previous page)||July 1-Sept. 28||No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook, chum, and wild coho.|
|Dungeness Bay Fishery|
(See 10 on previous page)
|July 1-Sept. 30||CLOSED.|
|Oct. 1-Oct. 31||No min. size. Daily limit 2 hatchery coho only. Release wild coho.|
Need more help understanding saltwater salmon regulations? Consult our guide to understanding saltwater salmon regulations in Washington here.
Emergency Regulations for Marine Area 6 – Port Angeles
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 near Port Angeles / Marine Area 6
Take a look at our parent page – Puget Sound Salmon Fishing for ideas on how to target these actively feeding chinook.