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Marine Area 5
Sekiu and Pillar Point
Photo of Marine Area5 - Sekiu and Pillar Point

Marine Area 5 is located between the mouth of the Sekiu River east to Low Point (mouth of the Lyre River) and south of the U.S./Canada border within the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the Olympic Peninsula. This area provides some of the best fishing opportunities for salmon and bottomfish. The majority of the salmon runs will pass through this area first during the summer before entering Puget Sound, which provides some earlier fishing opportunities when the weather holds. During odd years, an additional two pink salmon can be kept which provides an extra incentive to make the trip even more worthwhile. 

More information for fishing opportunities can be found at:

2014-15 Puget Sound Fishing Prospects

A large run of Fraser River sockeye are forecasted to return this year which has provided the opportunity to harvest two additional sockeye during July and August. More information can be found at:

Marine Areas 5, 6, and 7 Sockeye Fishing Techniques


Fishing Prospects Calendar

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
CabezonNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthNo Opportunity
Chinook salmonNo OpportunityFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo OpportunityExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - 1st half of monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
Coho salmonNo OpportunityPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo OpportunityFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
LingcodNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - 1st half of monthNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
Pacific HalibutNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityExcellent fishing - 2nd half of monthExcellent fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
Pink SalmonNo OpportunityPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo OpportunityGood fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
Sockeye salmonNo OpportunityPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo OpportunityExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
LEGEND
Fishing Expectation

Excellent

Excellent Good Good Fair Fair Poor Poor
Type of Opportunity Full Month Full month 1st half of month only 1st half only 2nd half of month only 2nd half only No opportunity No opportunity

Species you might catch

Chum salmon
Coastal cutthroat
Dungeness crab
Flatfish
Green sturgeon
Greenling
Pacific coast (california market) squid
Pacific Oyster
Red rock crab
Rockfish
Shiner perch
Spot Shrimp
Steelhead
Surf Perch
Surf Smelt

Sport Fishing Regulations & Seasons

Emergency Rule Updates
Fishing closures and openings happen constantly throughout the year. The E-Rules keep you up-to-date.


Access Sites / Boat Launches