Whale watching is an exciting experience in the protected waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Canada, May 22 2017. If you dont have a Canadian fishing license, watch your position. Moochers can work the edges of Secretary Island and do quite well. This makes for some great top water action. A small fee is required for launching. Good on all tides and protected from the wind. Winter salmon fishing is all weather dependent, there will be blackmouth out there, and the locals hammer them all winter. The only month halibut fishing is closed in this area is January. § 334.1180 Strait of Juan de Fuca, Wash.; air-to-surface weapon range, restricted area. There is an excellent state park nearby and the town of Sequim itself is just a few miles away. You do not have to be a member to shop here. Location: N48°09′ x W123°17′. Trollers should work the large sand flat on the northeast side. This is a six-mile troll path. Moorage and business customers have a priority. The caves all the way down to the Sekiu River can provide top-notch blackmouth fishing. Four feet of water is needed to launch. Moochers do the best on the northern part of Dallas Bank. This is a place where drift fishermen do very well. Keep your lines as straight down as possible. Now the halibut is safe and ready for transport. Those who troll for halibut should fish the west side on the outgoing tide and move to the east side on the incoming tide. Moochers and jiggers will do well by concentrating their efforts on either tide on the Marrowstone (east) side of Mid Channel Bank or off the Point Wilson Lighthouse. During the summer fishery the resorts will normally order in what you need the night before. Hook up the herring whole so it will spin on the leader from the spreader bar. Troll from Possession to Donaldson Island (usually called Secretary Island by locals). Warning: Sooke Harbour is very shallow in the middle of the bay. The international boundary between Canada and the United States runs down the centre of the Strait. Neah Bay Fishing Facilities & Services. Chef’s choice daily super salads. You can keep one blackmouth (chinook) day minimums size 22 inches to retain, the season stays open until 10 April. The last of the Chinook runs usually have passed by the end of August. All Rights Reserved. The fishing calendar year for Sooke begins in December with the arrival of winter blackmouth. Here you want to fish the 130-150 ft. water. Boat Haven: located in the west sector of Port Angeles. Once you’ve reached the end of your troll, pick up your gear and run back to Marrowstone on an outgoing tide or Pt. Area 2: Cape George – Good blackmouth area, fairly protected on the inside. One of the most pleasurable things about this time of the year is lack of crowds. The fish caught in the strait can be very large. Humpies arrive in August and limits (4 each day) are easily achieved by even the beginning angler. Port Angeles is located at the perfect spot on the Strait of Juan De Fuca to intercept all the salmon runs returning to central and south Puget Sound. Back across Clallam Bay, the Caves just out front of Sekiu are of course one of the most famous spots to fish here. Local roasted coffee and much more. Sequim Bay is the jumping off point for excellent fishing for the inside Strait of Juan de Fuca. The peak halibut fishing is February until June and then slows. The east lane of the ramp needs repair. Very exposed to the weather and a long run to cover. There is a bait and tackle shop at the marina, The Bosuns Locker (360-683-6521). If you acquire a Canadian license before arriving at Neah Bay you can fish the Canadian side also. There are holes and pockets that will hold diving birds up on the bank and they are most often over bait. Even then, chum and early blackmouth offer opportunity. Fish the west side of Sheringham on the outgoing tide. Next stop on your Westerly troll is Big Mussolini Rock on Slip Pt. Caught middle of summer from rocky shore. Bucktailing in the early morning is also very popular. There is ample parking, however there is no dock. Tackle: For trolling, don’t leave home without HotSpot flashers, hoochies in green and blue glow colors, standard and needlefish size, Silver Horde Coho Killer and Kingfisher Spoons in glow colors for downrigger trolling. Drift fishermen should start on top of the bank in 180 ft of water and drift off until they can no longer stay on the bottom. Photo by Chase White. You can start seeing some early springers start to show in late March. Across the street from John Wayne Marina is the Sequim Bay Resort (360-681-3853). I have seen days where you can catch and release over a hundred coho in a day’s fishing. The Strait of Juan de Fuca is a body of water about 96 miles long that is the Salish Sea's outlet to the Pacific Ocean. (a) The restricted area. Read about where to catch spot shrimp a short run from John Wayne Marina. Stay close to the kelp beds and fish all the west side of Secretary Island on the outgoing tide. If the WDFW allows a summer season on the Straits for Chinook it’s a must fish time of the year, take off work sick, do whatever you need to do to be there, you won’t want to miss it. Many large kings are taken during the July, the season is short but well worth the time. 47 and a 54 bang! Head out to the Pacific Ocean or fish in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Area 7: Partridge Bank – Good for halibut on the southwest shelf. The anglers in your family will find tackle shops, marine supply stores, launch ramps and moorage readily available. No launch or retrieval available at low tides. You can normally see the dump burning up on the hill making it easy to find fish the 300-325 ft. water. The entire region has excellent recreational fishing infrastructure because of its history as a premier fishing … Nothing better than fresh fish and chips .. Motor mooching just off the kelp beds near the Caves have accounted for some kings in the mid 40-pound range. This spot is an outgoing current location. Tides and fishing licence rules for charter boats. Coyote Bank has a rocky top that produces good lingcod fishing. Fishing the Strait of Juan de Fuca can be lots of fun. Dealing with big Halibut: These fish are big and powerful, you don’t want to drag a big halibut onboard your boat without subduing it first… it can do serious damage to your boat not to mention your body! That’s the big reason to be spending time fishing the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This ramp is protected from weather and has ample parking. They have RV parking available, a laundry facility, and 8 neatly kept housekeeping cabins that overlook the bay. Location: N48°12′ x W123°18′. Area 8: Smith Island – Smith Island is just to the north of Partridge Bank. Tides: Tides are the key factor when planning a trip to Neah Bay. Details: California Halibut with a salmon bellies, Epic day Hali hunting landed these beauty's 50-55 pounders ! Sooke Harbour Marina (250) 642-3236 Westcoast fishing at the finest, Details: Blue Crab with a sardines and turkey leg. When they’re in, most anything will work, herring being the top choice, followed by spoons, then flasher squid combinations. Click here to see Juan De Fuca Strait (East)'s tide chart for the week This means Juan de Fuca Strait offers decent clipped coho fishing opportunities in the summer and fall, and in certain years wild coho can be kept after Oct. 1. The Strait of Juan de Fuca (officially named Juan de Fuca Strait in Canada is a large body of water about 154 kilometres (96 mi) long that is the Salish Sea's outlet to the Pacific Ocean. Starting about half a mile west of Green Point, troll the 120 ft depth line on the flood tide. Dont troll against or across the paths of the other anglers. Located on the edge of the Straits of Juan De Fuca, and the Olympic Mountains, this area offers spectacular scenery, miles of nearby beaches and hiking ranging from the alpine meadows of Hurricane Ridge to lowland river trails. Moochers should concentrate their efforts along the northern edge of Hein Bank. Large Blackmouth, Killer Summer Kings and Coho, too. You can bring your own boat, rent one, or hire a charter. Posted on March 14, 2015 by John L. Beath. In all marine areas open to halibut fishing, there is a one-fish daily catch limit and no minimum size restriction. At 6:00am, we met up with our guide Gord Gavin, who is a seasoned angler in the area and owner/operator of Sea Ghost Fishing Charters. Fish the southwest side on the outgoing tide in 90 to 120 ft. of water. Beyond there, however, is trolling water. These are thick-bodied Chinook in the 30 to 50 pound range. You can also try a little octopus tentacle as it makes great bait when the herring supply runs low. Strait of Juan de Fuca San Juan - Washington. 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. Rocky in certain areas, so watch your downrigger depths. Hands down for large blackmouth in February through the April closure you need to be on the Strait, lots of good water, plenty of bait can all lead to some fantastic blackmouth fishing. Green Point is only a name location. Move up and troll off the Coal Mine to Little Mussolini Rock. If you troll for halibut, this is the place! Anglers troll, jig and mooch. All places that consistantly hold salmon, but really come into their own during halibut season. This area should be trolled for winter blackmouth in the 90 to 150 foot depths, staying within the bottom 20 feet of water. Eastern bank is a series of rocky pinnacles. 1) John Wayne Marina – An excellent ramp with nice pitch and docks. John Wayne Marina (360-417-3440) offers moorage, fuel, a restaurant, public restrooms and showers. There is ample parking and a washout station for cleaning your motors. Select a region to learn more: Neah Bay is the state’s best-known and top-producing area for halibut and where the Washington state record 288-pound flatfish was caught. Freshwater Bay is located along the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the northern end of the Olympic Peninsula just west of Port Angeles. Ocean halibut fishing is a fun and rewarding challenge. Sooke and the waters around Southern Vancouver Island are famous for fishing and sailing. 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. Most of the fishing takes place offshore 1-3 miles, however sometimes one need not go any further then the Sekiu buoy just outside the harbor. We slayed slabs ! Comfortable seating with WiFi for patrons use. This fishery is usually good into May. Washington’s halibut season is just a few weeks away, and begins on May 8th on the inner waters. In other words, west side of the Rockpile on the ebb tide, east side on the flood tide. Downriggers are most productive in the 90 to 150 ft depths. Fishing the inside waters of Area 4B: One of the most popular is the Garbage Dump located just to the west of Neah Bay. After harpooning let the Halibut wear itself out pulling on the float. This will also make for a better eating fish. The coho in the Sooke area in July and August are for the most part 5 to 9 pounds. Great memories can be made along with a chance of harvesting some of the best eating fish in the world! This tactic is great on overcast days or first thing in the morning before the sun comes up. Salmon Fishing, whale watching and sailing are sports that can be enjoyed year round on Vancouver Island. It runs from Marrowstone Point on the east, to Point Wilson on the west. Sekiu (pronounced Sea-Q), located on the west shore of Clallam Bay, is famous for recreational fishing, especially salmon. Sooke offers almost a twelve-month fishing opportunity, with the slowest months being October and November. Whether you’re fly fishing, spinning or baitcasting your chances of getting a bite here are good. These fish continue to pass by in good numbers until the middle of July. Coho are in the rips further off shore. The halibut that inhabit the murky depths of Port Angeles are not as plentiful as Neah Bay, but are usually larger in size. You are trying to access a feature that requires a Fishidy account. Both trolling and mooching are very productive here. Location: N48°09′ x W123°38′. Troll slowly from 100 to 200 feet deep for halibut. Wilson on the incoming tide and start over again. 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. The first butt I kissed for 2014 .. A nice 20 pounder ! The rips that form off the northern tip of Dallas Bank are a good spot for fall coho. The most fished areas are Swiftsure, 72 square, and the US or Canadian Blue Dot along with many other locations that reside on secret GPS logs. Sunsets West Grocery & Deli – a local food co-op selling fresh and locally produced food and goods. A back eddy forms on the outgoing tide at Sheringham. A recent trip report from our shrimping trip in the Strait of Juan de Fuca on June 1st, 2020. Port Angeles is located at the perfect spot on the Strait of Juan De Fuca to intercept all the salmon runs returning to central and south Puget Sound. White gold ! Many times I have fished Sekiu, to Port Angeles and had all the prime areas to fish with little or no angler pressure and plenty of hook ups. This is a great bank to fish, but is exposed to the weather. Coho: When the summer coho roll in, fishing can be stupendous. Area 1 – Sheringham Point – A short westerly run from Sooke Basin brings you to Sheringham Point. mono shock leader from a ball bearing swivel to the spreader bar coming from the Tuff Line XP. Fishing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca is popular for the calm water and close proximity. Location: N48°17’30” x W123°14′. and troll back with the outgoing tide. Since these are a mixture of Fraser River and Washington stock, the number of salmon can be tremendous. (east to west). The Winter Hole not surprisingly is a great place to fish Winter blackmouth. This location is ideal for kayaking, fishing, boating (small boats), beach combing, bird watching and simply enjoying the views over the water. Many a big king and blackmouth has been taken here. Bang Just for the halibut, Details: California Halibut with a salmon belly. Area 5: Dungeness Spit – A good area for winter blackmouth. 24 catches; 23 followers; spots; The Strait of Juan de Fuca (officially named Juan de Fuca Strait in Canada is a large body of water about 154 kilometres (96 mi) long that is the Salish Sea's outlet to the Pacific Ocean. The item Bathymetric fishing map, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Port Angeles, National Ocean Service represents a specific, individual, material embodiment of a distinct intellectual or artistic creation found in Indiana State Library. You can back into the current with your motor to slow your drift and give your bait more bottom time. The tide is currently rising in Juan De Fuca Strait (East). Watch for diving birds up on the bank itself. Limits: Always check the WDFW Regulations for seasons and limits. Fishing, sailing, boating, whale watching on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Race Rocks, William Head, Sooke, Port Renfrew. Humpies – The Humpies run on the odd year. This is a deep slow troll in the 240 to 300 ft depths. Be sure to check your regulations. If shellfish are your fancy, try the clams, oysters and Dungeness Crab. Sequim Bay is protected water with one of the best marin Work the 120-ft depth one-hour before two hours after the tide change. There are two reasons for this: one being that locals are very quiet about the excellent fishing in this area. The Sooke area is the beginning of a salmon fishery that stretches from Sheringham Point on the west to Sidney, BC on the east. The most common bait in the winter and spring periods are sandlance (candlefish) especially when they move in to spawn. Also the Gold Star “Needlefish” and Ace Hi Fly’s match the dominant bait in the area. This item is available to borrow from 1 library branch. Anglers heading up after May 25th can score the early king salmon opener followed shortly by the summer Coho run. Area 9: Hein Bank – Hein Bank is a consistent producer of salmon and halibut. Drifters should use their boat motors to hold against the tidal flow. Port Angeles is also the launching point for the ... Open to fishing year-round. An abundance of wildlife can be seen in this beautiful tidal environment. Halibut can be caught anywhere along here in 70 to 260 ft. of water. Coho – The coho are abundant in July, August and September. Moochers do best on the incoming tide. Add enough weight to stay in contact with the bottom and you’re ready to hunt big flat fish. Strait of Juan de Fuca (Sekiu) Clallam - Washington. Area 4 – This area is best trolled from Secretary Island down to Beechy Head. Fishing reports for northwest lakes, rivers and saltwater areas. This is a good ramp with moderate grade. Columbians were formerly thought to be Chinook from the Columbia River just dipping in to feed. This fishery takes place mainly in the vicinity of the Lighthouse. The Juan de Fuca Ridge and the Juan de Fuca Plate, a tectonic plate underlying much of the coastline he explored, is named for the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Everyone is welcome. Bring on 2014. Be sure to check with WDFW regulations as it opens and closes to salmon fishing at slightly different times every year. Location: N48°10′ x W123°29′. Area 1: Diamond Point A good year-round spot for blackmouth and, should seasons allow, summer Chinook. I would have to say halibut is the most requested fishery I offer because they taste so darn good. These immature Chinook are attracted to this area by the schools of herring and candlefish that move in to spawn. This is a good area for lingcod and fall coho fishing. 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