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Tacoma Narrows

tacoma narrows chart shows salmon fishing in south puget sound for chinook and coho near point evans, gig harbor, tacoma

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Jig & Mootch area
Lingcod area


Tacoma Narrows

One of the top salmon locations in the South Sound is the Tacoma Narrows.

Point Evans is the first Point just north of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on the Gig Harbor side of the bridge.  The currents through this area are strong and will push tons of baitfish into the area during tidal movements.

The top fishing takes place between Pt. Evans and the bridge.  On an incoming tide start your drift under the power lines near Pt. Evans and drift towards the Narrows Bridge. The second red ball on the power line from the shore is over 80-ft. of water and a good place to set up for a drift.

If you're mooching, drop your fresh cutplug herring down so it's just off bottom. The strength of the current will dictate the amount of lead you will need to stay there. As you move south the Narrows will increase in depth and it's important to keep your tackle just off the bottom to produce strikes.

If you're a jigger then bring a selection of Point Wilson Darts in herring and needlefish sizes or several different weights of Buzz Bombs.  If the current picks up on you while jigging you may have to back into it with your kicker motor to slow your drift and keep the jig vertical in the water column to produce strikes.


On the outgoing tide start just north of the bridge and drift back up to Point Evans.


Since this area has such strong currents the best fishing will take place one hour before to an hour after the tide change on big tide changes. On days with lesser tidal movements you can fish two hours either side of the tide.  Pt. Evans is a good year round producer for winter blackmouth and summer returning kings.


Check your WDFW regulations for season openings and closings, as the Narrows Bridge is the boundary between Marine Areas 11 & 13. The season and salmon limits can vary depending on what side of the bridge you are fishing on.


During May, lingcod is targeted on the Tacoma side of the Narrows, drifting from Salmon Beach back to the bridge fishing large horse herring and sole. You need to hit a slack tide, but some nice fish are taken every year. Avoid fishing directly under the bridge as the wreckage from Galloping Gerty, the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge is laying there. This is a tackle grabbing nightmare for anglers.


Another hazard in the area, besides the strong current, is shipping.  Large ships, yachts and barge traffic pass through here so you need to keep an eye peeled at all times.


Boat Launch


1) Narrows Marina 253-564-3474 is the closest. They have a bait and tackle store and offer a full service marina with a gas dock and boat ramp.


2) Pt. Defiance Park 253-591-5325. A newly renovated eight-lane launch ramp, open year round sunrise to sunset is located next to the Vashon Ferry Terminal at Point Defiance Park.   They also offer a bait and tackle shop, gas dock and boat rentals.