A very popular beach close to Gig Harbor. Year-round action available for sea run cutthroat and seasonally for salmon. Fish behind the Massimo Restaurant side, not the spit side. The outgoing tide is most popular, when Burley Lagoon empties through the bridge and creates river like current. Incoming tide can be productive as well. Sculpins and chum fry imitations are effective at this beach seasonally.
*Boat Launch over spit to the west about ½ mile.
Northeast of Gig Harbor. Year-round opportunities for Cutthroat and Resident Coho as well as seasonal opportunities for migratory Salmon. Park at the Boat Launch then walk across the street and take the stairs next to Al’s Market down to the beach. Outgoing tide is popular but both can be productive. This beach has lots of eel grass and kelp. Euphasid and Isopod flies work well when fish are shallow. Polychaete worms, chum fry, and sand lance imitations effective seasonally.
*Boat Launch (Not usable at low tide.)
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Kopachuck State Park
Fishes best from Mid-Summer on for Sea Run Cutthroat and occasional salmon. Look for rock and Oyster Beds for the best fishing. Don’t go past the No Trespassing signs to the left of the park. The beach is at least a quarter mile downhill hike from the parking lot. Beach is difficult to fish at high tide due to large trees an angler will be backed up against.
Tacoma Narrows Park
Summer through fall brings salmon moving through the Tacoma Narrows as they migrate into the South Sound. The Narrows can also can fish well in the winter for Resident Coho with December through March being the best months. There is a lot of room to spread out here. On a lower tide you can fish South, down to the right. North of the park there is over a mile of fishable beach. Under the bridge and in front of the park are the two most popular spots. This is a great spot to fish at dusk with big coho and kings feeding close to the surface. The park is open until an hour after sunset so make sure you are not far from the parking lot to avoid getting locked in. Park opens at 7:30am.
On the Tacoma side of the Narrows. This beach fishes seasonally similar to Narrows Park.
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Fox Island Fishing Pier
An out of the way park with similar fishing seasons and opportunities to Narrows and Titlow. There is a parking lot, now free, and restrooms. To access the beach, walk behind the restrooms to stairs and a trail leading down to the beach. The beach drops off very quickly and is a good spot to target migratory coho and kings.
Penrose Point State Park
Out on the Key Peninsula with a very long and narrow point, Penrose offers lots of water to fish. A popular method is to hike out around the point at a low tide and work your way back as the tide returns. Summer through fall is best for Sea Run Cutthroat. Resident coho are available occasionally. There are also options for migratory salmon in season.
Joemma State Park
Another state park with plenty of beach to fish for Sea Run Cutthroat and Resident Coho. Be respectful of private property.
Twanoh State Park
An option for windy days on Hood Canal. Fishing in front of the creek mouth can be productive as well as in the small cove to the left of the boat ramp. Sea Run Cutthroat available year-round with summer and fall being prime months.
Belfair State Park
At the lower end of Hood Canal lies Belfair State Park. The muddy bottom makes this a difficult beach to fish for cutthroat at low tide, however fishing can improve during higher tides. Some migratory Coho will stage in the estuary. during late summer and early fall. There is also an option for chasing Chum Salmon in late fall in the saltwater.
Boat Launch located ¾ mile west.
Fort Worden State Park
Situated above Hood Canal, a large number of salmon pass by the point before heading into Hood Canal and Puget Sound. migratory Coho annually and Pink Salmon available in odd years.
Fort Flagler State Park
Very similar to Fort Worden with a major point. Salmon must also pass by here before heading into Hood Canal and Puget Sound. Migratory Coho annually and Pink Salmon available in odd years.
Point No Point County Park
This Kitsap county point can get very crowded during prime fishing seasons. Arrive as early as possible to ensure a spot. Even if you secure a spot, fly fishing can be tough with limited room for back casting. Nonetheless, this can be a very good spot for migratory Coho annually and Pink Salmon in odd years.
Salisbury Point County Park
Located on the far northwest end of the Kitsap peninsula the spot can be a producer of Coho salmon seasonally.
Located north of Bremerton, Chico creek gets a very large return of hatchery Chum salmon which are available in the estuary in October and November. This spot can also be crowded, so be sure to allow enough room for proper execution of the back cast. Be aware of the limited parking. Certain residents may allow parking for a small fee. There is also limited parking near the boat ramp north of the estuary.
Manchester State Park
Manchester has a large amount of shoreline and is best fished on an outgoing tide to allow enough room for back casting. Coho salmon are available in late summer as well as cutthroat and resident coho year-round.
Shine Tidelands State Park
Just across the Hood Canal bridge, migratory salmon move past this park on their way to Hood Canal.
A beach close to downtown Seattle. Coho Salmon available in late summer as well as Cutthroat and Resident Coho year-round.
Also close to downtown Seattle. Opportunities for Sea-Run Cutthroat, Pink Salmon in Odd Years, and other migratory salmon.
A major hatchery exists here just off of Hwy 101 on Hood Canal. Chum salmon are available in large numbers in October and November at this Hood Canal fishery. Not for the faint of heart, this spot can be crowded and a little rambunctious during the peak of the runs. That being said, it can be excessively productive.
*Boat Launch at nearby Potlach St. Park.
A migratory salmon spot near Tacoma, this beach is popular for Pink Salmon in odd years. Expect large crowds during the peak of the run.
Dash Point State Park
Another migratory salmon spot near Tacoma, popular for Pink Salmon in odd years. Expect large crowds.
Triton Cove is a WDFW access spot with free parking, but make sure to display your Discover Pass. Cutthroat fishing can be quite good here but pay attention to the tides. At a very low tide most of the good beach structure is high and dry. There is also an old boat launch that has been blocked with cement pillars making it a great kayak launch.
At the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Shellfish Research Lab is a boat launch, parking area, restrooms, and public access to the beach. The public access extends north of the boat launch to just past the creek that flows into the sound. To the south the beach is accessible approximately 100 yards from the boat launch. This access spot is good for cutthroat as well as migratory and resident coho. The boat launch and beach are great for kayaks with miles of productive beach to the north.