Rockfishing Inquiry -Seattle Area

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  1. PEEPLES72

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    Hello all,
    I will be in Seattle in about 2 weeks and may have a 1/2 day free to take my kids (6,7 and 11) fishing. Will be in Seattle area. Anywhere inside the sound that there are charters that do a half day for something easy like rockfish? My kids love to fish here in MT, but trolling for salmon might be a big ask for their patience.
    Thanks ahead of time.
     
  2. 53driver

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    No fishing for Rockfish allowed inside Puget Sound anymore.
     
  3. Siv

    Siv I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    There are some guys who do a combo salmon / crabbing trip. Kids love pulling the crab pots.
     
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    You can get up really early and head down to Westport for a quick bass and lingcod trip but that about the best you will get. You could also just fish off the jetty for lings and bass.

    Good luck.
     
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    Thank you! Appreciate the info. These are the things we do not know out here in MT. Maybe we'll just go look at fish at the aquarium! :)
     
  6. hawksfan75

    hawksfan75 More questions than answers

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    Yeah, fishing in the Sound is a tough grind these days and chinook salmon is the only species you can keep. Westport is a good option for catching, but figure a 2am departure from Seattle and arriving home by 7pm if you're lucky.

    In a couple weeks, you may check and see what the rivers are doing. The rivers should have the kings we can't catch in the sound.

    I wish we had better answers for you. The Sound is a barren wasteland it seems.
     
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    If I get a hall pass to go to Westport, I am going way out for the torpedoes! (No matter how bad the fishing may seem for them at the moment)
     
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    You could always go to Outdoor Emporium and set yourself up with a super cheap lake fishing set up with a pre made tackle box with grubs hooks weights et, then get a tray of herring. Cut chunks of meat off and let the fish off the Seattle piers. Lots of bullheads and flounder and stuff to look at while waiting for a bite. Could probablly get all that for under 50$
     
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    That might be an option. We have a ton of lake fishing gear already, so all I suppose I would need would be the herring. Any special way to rig them?
    Thanks
     
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    Just a little Chunk of meat they are scavenger fish so cast out and wait. However I was doing this with my brother when I was about 12 and my brother hooked a king and was the king of the dock and castes into folklore
     
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    Earth worms will work for flounder and bullheads. a Crappie Rig has two hook locations. #6 Snelled Hooks and 1 or 2oz weights and small trout style poles is all you need.
     
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    Anybody know if the Ballard locks would have fish in the viewing area at that time?

    If any of the fishing suggestions don't work out that would be an interesting quick trip. We always took folks from out of town there and they got a kick out of it, been many years since I've done it tho.
     
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    The only thing I am not sure about now is where to go, i.e. what docks. Not sure which would be kid friendly(ish). Which option would be best? So far I see 2 that stand out.
    Seacrest Park Pier
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    Elliott Bay Fishing Pier
    We will be staying in Renton,
    Thanks again for all the great info.
     
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    Des Moines pier is also an easy option from Renton and it a decent crowd. No drunks..
     
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    Should be the back tail of the king run, so there should be a few. I live close by and keep an eye on what's going through.

    Heck, it's also fun to listen to everyone and their uncle turn into fisheries biologist at the viewing area. I got to listen to one lady explain how these fish were returning to the Columbia to spawn.
     
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    Had a customer tell me a 20# and a 23# came off the Seacrest Pier in Elliott bay to day. Saw no pics, but he was pretty stoked up.
     
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    The kids will like it. Lots to watch when waiting for the fish. Don't forget to rinse your gear with fresh water when you are done.
     
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    Thank you again! All great info. Will post a report once we have completed our trip.
     
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    So I believe we will either do Edmonds Pier or Seacrest Park pier. I checked with a guy at the fishing department at Outdoor Emporium and he said, we should just try for perch. Would like to do a grab bag of species if possible so my kids can see a lot of fish.
    Any particular rigging that works best?
    Anyone know the cost of an out of state Washington single day license?
     
  20. PEEPLES72

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    Actually, I guess not Edmonds Pier since it appears to be closed. >:(
     

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