North Puget Sound: Hook a halibut: Several areas of Puget Sound may reopen to halibut fishing depending on available quota June 7, 9, 16, 21, 23, 28, and 30. There is a one-fish daily catch limit and no minimum size restriction.
Fish for sockeye on the Skagit: The Skagit River will open for sockeye fishing June 16. Anglers can keep three sockeye salmon in the area from Highway 536 at Mt. Vernon (Memorial Highway Bridge) to the mouth of Gilligan Creek.
Catch shrimp: Marine Area 6 (Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca) will have an increased daily limit of 120 shrimp for all species (including spot shrimp) beginning June 1.
Also on June 1, marine areas 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Ports Susan and Gardner), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island), and 13 (South Puget Sound) will open for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing.
Marine areas 7, 8-1, 8-2, 9, and 11 have a 150-foot maximum fishing depth restriction, while Marine Area 13 has a 250-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. All spot shrimp caught in these marine areas must be returned to the water immediately.
Reel in some bass: June is a great time to fish for smallmouth and largemouth bass across Western Washington as waters are warmer and fish are more active. Fish for bass around grasslines, docks, pilings, and rock piles. On larger lakes, look for shallow embayments and shorelines with a southern exposure that will warm quicker than the main lake.
Target trout on area rivers: Most Puget Sound-area rivers open the first Saturday in June for trout fishing
Anglers can still catch trout in several area lakes, and snow is beginning to recede in the high country which will allow for more trout fishing opportunities. Check out the Fish Washington high lakes page to help plan your next backcountry adventure.
Fish for salmon: Marine areas 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) and 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) will open June 1 for salmon fishing. Anglers can keep one hatchery chinook salmon as part of a two-salmon daily limit, and must release all wild chinook.