Boat Haven: located in the west sector of Port Angeles. Crews with Washington's Department of Natural Resources and NOAA rescued a gray whale that got caught in a fishing net in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Word on spot shrimp While nothing has been made official just yet it now appears WDFW is shooting for a late May start to the highly popular spot shrimp fishery in some marine catch areas followed by more areas opening in early June. Area 7: Green Point located 5 1/2 miles east of Ediz Hook. Another plus for Port Angeles is the location of the town itself. 120-130 ft depths will be the best producers along with fishing the tide changes. The Slattery Family caught limits of hatchery chinook while fishing the opening day of salmon season off Sekiu on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Posted on March 14, 2015 by John L. Beath. Bring someSmelly Jelly to give the lures a good scent trail. Just for the halibut ! You can normally see the dump burning up on the hill making it easy to find fish the 300-325 ft. water. When the summer Chinook fishing kicks off in early summer, larger bait (herring) will also start to move in and mix with the always-present candlefish. The east lane of the ramp needs repair. But if you haven’t scored yet there is plenty of prime water yet to fish. This makes for some great top water action. The coho in the Sooke area in July and August are for the most part 5 to 9 pounds. There are two reasons for this: one being that locals are very quiet about the excellent fishing in this area. Sequim Bay is the jumping off point for excellent fishing for the inside Strait of Juan de Fuca. Area 3 – Possession Point – This is the start of a long troll with a lot of water and possibilities of fish anywhere along the beach. During summer there is a conflict with customers of Boat Haven over use of parking. Head out to the Pacific Ocean or fish in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Start fishing in 100 feet of water and drift out to 240 feet of water. Fish the west side of Sheringham on the outgoing tide. The caves all the way down to the Sekiu River can provide top-notch blackmouth fishing. Read about where to catch spot shrimp a short run from John Wayne Marina. Large Blackmouth, Killer Summer Kings and Coho, too. Excellent summer and winter salmon fishing opportunities exist here, as well as superb bottomfishing for species such as halibut and lingcod. Sequim Bay is protected water with one of the best marin Coho will be along the rips anywhere from close to shore out into the middle of the Straits of Juan de Fuca. 4 catches; 25 followers; 3 spots; The Strait of Juan de Fuca at the city of Sekiu in Clallam County is a popular salmon and Halibut fishing waterway. Swiftsure is the shorter run about 10-14 miles west of Cape Flattery. Troll from Possession to Donaldson Island (usually called Secretary Island by locals). The east side of Beechy Head is a good place to fish on either tide and often has an excellent evening bite. If you dont have a Canadian fishing license, watch your position. I have seen days where you can catch and release over a hundred coho in a day’s fishing. Salmon trollers should troll the west side of the bank on the ebb tide and the east side of the bank on the flood tide. The Strait of Juan de Fuca remains one of the better bets as anglers roll out the red carpet for decent hatchery king fishing, including one giant fish that was estimated to weight 41 or 42 pounds. If you have an encounter with a swarm of dogfish it’s time to pull out the artificial jigs. Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Sooke offers world class salmon angling that can rival any place on the West Coast. Watch your sonar for bait concentrations and fish them hard. You can keep one blackmouth (chinook) day minimums size 22 inches to retain, the season stays open until 10 April. Area 6: Coyote Bank located 13 statute miles from Ediz Hook. Coho can be caught on either tide by following the rips that form as the water flows over Smith Island. Offshore Locations: The blue water is where most of the halibut action takes place. tide to launch. Fish the southwest side in 80 to 140 feet of water for both blackmouth and halibut. Fishing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca is popular for the calm water and close proximity. Accommodations in Port Angeles range from upscale hotels (with moderate pricing) such as the Red Lion to quiet B & Bs and nearby campgrounds and R.V. Not a place to troll. Fishing Infrastructure. This item is available to borrow from 1 library branch. Fair trolling for Halibut in 100 ft to 200 ft depths. After blowing my bearing on my trailer, n watching my tire roll down the road , fortunately post launch, it was lovley to pick up some white gold to the tune of ...more 57 pounds .. One Hali of day ! The only month halibut fishing is closed in this area is January. One of the premier spots for mooching or jigging for Halibut. An abundance of wildlife can be seen in this beautiful tidal environment. Moochers do the best on the northern part of Dallas Bank. About halfway between the Canadian boundary line and Duncan Rock the bottom comes up to about 300 ft. You will need to work the tide and wind and hang tough but you can land some nice halibut here if you put in your time. Fishing reports for northwest lakes, rivers and saltwater areas. If shellfish are your fancy, try the clams, oysters and Dungeness Crab. The Sooke area is the beginning of a salmon fishery that stretches from Sheringham Point on the west to Sidney, BC on the east. Middle Bank is located at the junction where Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan De Fuca meet. Transit moorage is available at Boat Haven (360) 457-4505. One of the most pleasurable things about this time of the year is lack of crowds. Good on all tides and protected from the wind. Sunsets West Grocery & Deli – a local food co-op selling fresh and locally produced food and goods. Leave about 30 feet of line after the float then attach that to the boat cleat. NEAH BAY: Offshore spots such as Swiftsure Bank, the Blue Dot and 72- Squared are well known but inshore anglers find halibut in such places as the “Garbage Dump” (Koitlah Point), around Tatoosh Island and off the mouth of Bowman Creek. IN ANOTHER BLOW to recreational fishing, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced a complete closure of finfish fishing in the Canadian waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca — a vast stretch off of southern Vancouver Island — to increase prey availablity for Southern Resident Killer Whales and conserve chinook stocks.. Coho love this and will jump clear of the water to take the fly. Bring on 2014. Area 5: 31-36 Hole located 6 miles northwest of Ediz Hook. As you can see on the tide chart, the highest tide of 2.6m will be at 9:39 am and the lowest tide of 0m was at 4:00 pm. Area 4 – This area is best trolled from Secretary Island down to Beechy Head. Halibut can be caught as you drop off into the sandy bottom. 31-36 Hole is a large bank with room for both drift fishermen and trollers. When you fish the Straits, you get a shot at many more fish than you do in Puget Sound, because lots of fish dip into the Straits from the ocean, as well as there are a number of fish in the Straits that are bound for Canadian waters. Neah Bay Fishing Facilities & Services. The most common bait in the winter and spring periods are sandlance (candlefish) especially when they move in to spawn. This will also make for a better eating fish. Sooke and the waters around Southern Vancouver Island are famous for fishing and sailing. Strait of Juan de Fuca is a channel located just 8.7 miles from Port Angeles, in Clallam County, in the state of Washington, United States, near Lower Elwha, WA. Reverse your direction of troll on the ebb tide. Humpies – The Humpies run on the odd year. Beyond there, however, is trolling water. The last of the Chinook runs usually have passed by the end of August. Strait of Juan de Fuca The Strait of Juan de Fuca, approximately 102 miles in length and 10 to 18 miles wide, is the access route to the Pacific Ocean from Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia. This ramp is protected from weather and has ample parking. After harpooning let the Halibut wear itself out pulling on the float. Both trolling and mooching are very productive here. This area can be windy but you are only a few minutes from sheltered waters. Many a big king and blackmouth has been taken here. While the weather can be windier and rougher than Puget Sound, it’s usually not nearly as bad as off the coast. Hot Spot flashers with 48 of leader and a glow in the dark Coho Killer are good tackle to use in this area. mono shock leader from a ball bearing swivel to the spreader bar coming from the Tuff Line XP. The second reason has to do with the peculiar fishing regulations the Department of Fish and Wildlife has burdened upon this area. Sooke offers almost a twelve-month fishing opportunity, with the slowest months being October and November. Be sure to check with WDFW regulations as it opens and closes to salmon fishing at slightly different times every year. If you troll for halibut, this is the place! These fish continue to pass by in good numbers until the middle of July. All methods of salmon fishing can be productive at Mid Channel Bank. There are holes and pockets that will hold diving birds up on the bank and they are most often over bait. Sharp drop off, stay in the bottom 20 of water. Parks. You will find lingcod in the rocky areas. It also serves as the regional International Boundary between the U.S. and Canada. On the incoming tide move to the east side of Secretary Island. This location is ideal for kayaking, fishing, boating (small boats), beach combing, bird watching and simply enjoying the views over the water. Much of Olympic National Park is contained in this action area, as well as the Makah, Lower Elwha Klallam and Jamestown S’Klallam Nations and tribal reservations. The area from Pillar Pt. All places that consistantly hold salmon, but really come into their own during halibut season. Even then, chum and early blackmouth offer opportunity. The first butt I kissed for 2014 .. A nice 20 pounder ! In September the big, fat, hard fighting fall coho in the 10 to 20 pound range show up. Westcoast fishing at the finest, Details: Blue Crab with a sardines and turkey leg. Eastern bank is a series of rocky pinnacles. Sometimes good for winter blackmouth. A small fee is required for launching. Trollers should work the large sand flat on the northeast side. Fishing opportunities include catchable-size Rainbow Trout that are stocked in the spring, Brown Trout stocked as fall-fingerlings, Largemouth Bass, and Yellow Perch. Troll slowly from 100 to 200 feet deep for halibut. Posted in Puget Sound Halibut Fishing, Strait of Juan de Fuca Halibut Fishing, Uncategorized, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Washington Halibut Fishing, Washington Halibut Regs | Leave a comment. Anglers heading up after May 25th can score the early king salmon opener followed shortly by the summer Coho run. Motor mooching herring just off the kelp beds is the number one tactic, kick the boat in and out of gear in the 30-60 ft. water just after dawn. Area 4: Dungeness Bank – A good spot for halibut along the edges. Ocean halibut fishing is a fun and rewarding challenge. You just want to check the long-range weather before making the drive to save being blown off the water. If it’s your first trip here take a charter it’s the quick way to see how things work. If you’re going to mooch or want to troll herring, bring it along, as it will be hard to find here during the winter season. Location: N48°17’30” x W123°14′. Summer Chinook will lay quite close to shore. Most winter fish run 5-10 pounds, but many winter blackmouth are taken into the upper teens each season near Sekiu making it worth the drive. This is a place where drift fishermen do very well. The fish caught in the strait can be very large. I look for a day with slow current change; normally the fishing will be good all day. Tag Archives: Strait of Juan de Fuca halibut fishing maps. Larger lures such as the Gold Star “Hoochie Hooker” tend to do better on large Chinook. Area 2 – Otter Point – The first point to the west of Sooke Inlet is Otter Point. Washington’s halibut season is just a few weeks away, and begins on May 8th on the inner waters. Then cut the gills and let the fish bleed out. 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