Anglers Enjoying Prime Salmon Fishing as Hunters Scope The Field

Meanwhile, thousands of chinook salmon continue to move into Puget Sound from the ocean, lighting up fisheries from Sekiu to Kingston. “August is prime time for chinook in Puget Sound,” said Steve Thiesfeld, WDFW’s Puget Sound salmon manager. “This is go time.”

Rather catch shellfish? Crab fishing is open throughout the month in most areas of Puget Sound, the exception being Sub-Area 7 North which opens for crabbing Aug. 16. In all open areas, crab fishing is allowed Thursday through Monday each week. The daily catch limit is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches.

See the WDFW website at for more information on these and other fisheries open around the state.

For hunters, general seasons for black bear open Aug. 1 in some areas of the state and Aug. 15 in others. Hunters are allowed two bear during the general season, but only one bear can be taken in eastern Washington.