Puget Sound

Based in south Puget Sound, Marine Area 11 - Tacoma and Vashon Island and Marine Area 13 - South Puget Sound, we have many months of fishing for winter blackmouth, spring and summer chinook, and fall coho, pinks, chums and sockeye. For the fly fisherman, or light tackle fisherman, we offer the sea-run cutthroat trout. Pound-for-pound this game fish is as mighty as the chinook salmon is. There are plenty of fish from early spring to well into the summer months.

Sunrise over Puget SoundWe fish from an open 22' Willie Asaltor powerboat and utilize downriggers, mooching tackle, live and artificial bait. Winter blackmouth will range from 5 to 15 pounds, spring and summer chinook will range from 8 to 25 pounds, and an occasional 35 to 40 pound fish will be caught by a few each season. The coho will range from 3 to 10 pounds and during the peak of the run in the fall, fish in the high teens will be landed. Cutthroat trout will range from 12 to 18 inches and some fish over 20 inches (considered a trophy) will be caught quite often. We offer fly fishing for this premier game fish. This is a great trip for a little sight seeing, a family get together, or a day on the water with your closest buddies or business associates. Let us custom design a trip for you.

Winter blackmouth season runs from February through April. Spring and summer chinook, May through August. Cohos, September and October. Cutthroat trout, February through April and June through October. Take a look at our charts for the best times to fish for saltwater salmon and cutthroat trout and the rates for our half- and full-day fishing trips including our crab fishing option.

When you book a full-day (7 hour) fishing trip on Puget Sound you can leave a crab pot out for a tasty addition to your salmon catch. Your crab catch can include both Dungeness and Rock Crab with a daily limit of 6 crab per person. We will drop the crab pots in the morning at the start of your fishing trip, spend the day fishing for salmon, and then return to pick up the crab pots at the end of your trip.

Puget Sound was carved out by the glaciers of the last ice age 10,000 years ago. Those glaciers left all the islands in the Puget Sound region, including the scenic San Juan Islands to the north, Whidbey Island (at 40 miles in length it is one of the longest islands in the United States), Vashon Island (Onco Sportfishing's home port for Puget Sound salmon), and a multitude of small islands in south Puget Sound.

Capt. George Vancouver discovered Puget Sound during his expeditions of 1792-1794. Capt. Vancouver named Puget Sound after a 26-year old 2nd Lieutenant with the expedition. He also named Vashon Island after his friend, Admiral James Vashon.

The deep waters of Puget Sound, up to 600 feet, provide good passage way for freighters as they head for portage in Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia. The large tidal changes, up to 12 feet, combined with the depth of Puget Sound generates an enormous flow of water on both sides of Vashon as the waters are forced through The Narrows, just to the west of Tacoma, to supply south Puget Sound.

Where the waters meet between Tahlequah and Pt. Defiance Mother Nature provides an almost ideal stop-over and feeding area for the salmon heading for their natal rivers and streams of south Puget Sound. These waters, stirred up with tidal currents, tide rips, and even an occasional whirlpool, are our primary fishing grounds for Puget Sound salmon including chinook and coho. An occasional chum, sockeye, and pink salmon will also be caught in this area.


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