North Puget Sound: Jig for squid: Winter is a great time to jig for squid in Puget Sound. Squid fishing is a fun group activity that is easy to learn and doesnt require a boat. Good spots include the Elliott Bay Pier in Seattle and the Edmonds Pier. Visit our squid fishing webpage for tips on how to fish for squid and tasty recipes.
Crab: Several marine areas are open every day through Dec. 31 for recreational crabbing, including: marine areas 4 (Neah Bay, east and west of the Tatoosh-Bonilla line), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner), and 9 (Admiralty Inlet), except for waters south of a line from Olele Point to Foulweather Bluff.
Blackmouth salmon: Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) is closed for blackmouth (chinook) salmon fishing with the exception of the year-round piers, including the Bremerton Boardwalk, Illahee State Park Pier, Elliott Bay Fishing Pier at Terminal 86, Seacrest Pier, and Waterman Pier.
Salmon fishing in Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) is closed through December, with the exception of the Edmonds Public Fishing Pier.
Marine Area 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay) will open to salmon fishing Dec. 1, as will Marine Area 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gamble) with the exception of the Tulalip Terminal Area. Anglers fishing these areas must release coho and wild chinook.
Trout: We stocked lakes around the state with catchable-size trout for anglers this fall and winter.