Puget Sound Fisheries

Salmon and steelhead fisheries in Puget Sound include all marine and freshwater fishing areas in Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca out to Cape Flattery on the northwest coast of Washington. These fisheries provide for commercial, recreational, and tribal harvest. Washington State and the Puget Sound tribes manage the fisheries subject to the terms of the Puget Sound Comprehensive Chinook Management Plan. The current plan applies to fisheries through April 30, 2014. The North of Falcon process establishes fishing seasons for commercial and recreational salmon fisheries in Puget Sound, Willapa Bay, Grays Harbor, and Washington State rivers. The North of Falcon process includes a series of public meetings involving federal, state, tribal, and industry representatives, as well as citizens. Tribal harvest in Puget Sound is under the continuing jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the District of Washington: United States v. Washington (1974, Boldt Decision). In this case, the court determined that the treaty Indian fishery and non-Indian fishery are each entitled to 50 percent of the harvest in "usual and accustomed areas."

Updated June 27, 2016 -Status of Salmon Fishing in Puget Sound, Washington waters