Tacoma- Browns Point
Forming the northern boundary of Tacoma’s Commencement Bay, Browns Point is squarely on the migration route for Chinook and Silver salmon bound for the nearby Puyallup River.
The Browns Point area sees its fair share of winter blackmouth action, especially between the Browns Point lighthouse and Dash Point farther to the north. Trolling the area between the points can produce some nice resident kings (blackmouth). Best fishing would be on the 120-140ft. line with your tackle trolled just off the bottom.
During mid July you start to see the return of the fall kings to the Puyallup River with the top action peaking in August.
Following the Kings, silvers bound for the Puyallup will start to show and depending on the amount of rain we get this area can be productive through all of September.
On odd numbered years there can be huge runs of pink salmon and you will see lots of angler’s beach fishing by the lighthouse. When the pink (humpy) run is in it can be all on bite all day.
Try targeting Chinook during August by fishing the deep drop offs located in front of Browns Point and work the troll along the shoreline towards Tacoma.
Try fishing the north side of Browns Point on the incoming tide and the high slack then troll south of the point to target fish holding on the ledges on the outgoing tide.
Here baitfish are pushed into a pocket on the outgoing tide. As the tide picks up flow, the bait from Commencement Bay gets sucked into a pocket here along the ledges, making it a target rich environment for salmon.