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Browns Point

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Tacoma’s 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.

Browns Point 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. Best fishing would be on the 120-ft. line with your tackle trolled just off the bottom.

During July you start to see the return of the kings to the Puyallup River with 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.

Where to Fish
I have had my best luck on Chinook during August fishing the deep drop offs located in front of Browns Point.

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.


Silver Horde glow white 5" rattle plugs work well, as do flasher and squid combinations for fall kings and blackmouth. Let's not leave out the whole and cutplug fresh herring, the trusted bait of choice for most local anglers.

For fall silvers, trolling cutplug herring off downriggers or from a diving planer in the top 30 ft. of the water in the early hours can produce nice catches of fall Coho. Later in the day I have taken fish 50-90 ft. off the riggers trolling a figure S-pattern off the Point.

Most of the Coho are hatchery fish and gearing down to lightweight rods and line can make the day's fishing a lot more fun.

One of my favorite techniques is to troll a flasher off the downrigger ball and run a Silver Horde Sonic Edge spoon or a cutplug herring just above it. Many times referred to as the "Ace in the Hole", this setup gives you the attraction of a flasher without the pull on the line of the flasher when you hook up with a salmon.

Boat Ramps
The closest public boat ramp to Browns Point is located just across the bay at Point Defiance Park.