Port Angeles Chinook Salmon Fishing

Port Angeles Ediz Hook Chinook Salmon

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.

Brilliant chrome, blue and purple color pattern on this king (chinook) salmon
Brilliant chrome, blue and purple color pattern on this king (chinook) salmon

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.

SALMON
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. 15Chinook – 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. 28No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook, chum, and wild coho.
Freshwater Bay
(See 7 on previous page)
Year-roundCLOSED.
Port Angeles Harbor, Sequim Bay, and Discovery Bay
(See 811 and 12 on previous page)
July 1-Aug. 15CLOSED.
Aug. 16-Sept. 30No 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. 28No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook, chum, and wild coho.
Dungeness Bay Fishery
(See 10 on previous page)
July 1-Sept. 30CLOSED.
Oct. 1-Oct. 31No 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.