16795 Hwy 112
Clallam Bay, WA
Chart courtesy of Captn. Jack's
on chart for bigger view
LARGE BLACKMOUTH, KILLER SUMMER KINGS AND COHO TOO,
That's the big reason to be spending time fishing the Strait of Juan de
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. One of the most pleasurable things about
this time of the year is lack of crowds. 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.
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.
In Sekiu you can find some very productive angling in
close to Clallam Bay.
You only need to go around the corner from the boat
ramp and mooch out in front of the Caves to score on some nice fish. Winter
salmon fishing is all weather dependent, there will be blackmouth out there,
and the locals hammer them all winter. You just want to check the long-range
weather before making the drive to save being blown off the water.
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. Motor mooching just off the kelp beds near the
Caves have accounted for some kings in the mid 40-pound range.
Tactics: My personal favorite fishery here is to launch at Sekiu, run
east to Pillar Pt. and troll back with the outgoing tide. The area from Pillar
Pt. to Cod Fish Bay has over the years been one of my top producers. Troll the
120-130 ft depth line and keep your gear just off bottom. There has been very
few times in the winter that a green spatter back glow squid
40" behind a HotSpot flasher has not
produced for me here. But if you haven't scored yet there is plenty of prime
water yet to fish. Move up and troll off the Coal Mine to Little Mussolini
Rock. Here you want to fish the 130-150 ft. water.
Next stop on your
Westerly troll is Big Mussolini Rock on Slip Pt. This is also a great mooching
and jigging area.
Back across Clallam Bay, the Caves just out front of
Sekiu are of course one of the most famous spots to fish here. Many a big king
and blackmouth has been taken here. The caves all the way down to the Sekiu
River can provide top-notch blackmouth fishing. Both trolling and mooching are
very productive here. Work the 120-ft depth one-hour before two hours after the
tide change. If I'm fishing summer kings I love to pull just a large herring
off the downrigger just off bottom, this has accounted for some large fish.
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. Bring some
Smelly Jelly to give the lures a
good scent trail.
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. During the
summer fishery the resorts will normally order in what you need the night
Blackmouth: Love to feed near the bottom, trolling
speed 2.0-2.5 Mph. Watch your sonar for bait concentrations and fish them hard.
120-130 ft depths will be the best producers along with fishing the tide
changes. You can keep one blackmouth (chinook) day minimums size 22 inches to
retain, the season stays open until 10 April. You can start seeing some early
springers start to show in late March.
Kings: Best bet is July
depending on if it opens check with the local resorts, the seasons are normal
out by mid April and the town will book up quick. 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. Later in the day I have had better luck
trolling a flasher & herring combination in the 120-ft. water.
Coho: When the summer coho roll in, fishing can be stupendous. I have
seen days where you can catch and release over a hundred coho in a day's
fishing. 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. During
July the coho run 5-10 pounds, later in September you will see the large
hooknose fish show up, they can run in the upper teens. In 2001 many State
records were broken with 20-pound plus fish. Trolling the tide rips is the hot
tactic for these fish, most are taken in the top 30 feed of water. When they're
in, most anything will work, herring being the top choice, followed by spoons,
then flasher squid combinations.
Bucktailing in the early morning is also
very popular. Troll a bucktail fly on top of the water without any weigh fast
enough to make it wake behind the boat. Coho love this and will jump clear of
the water to take the fly. This makes for some great top water action. This
tactic is great on overcast days or first thing in the morning before the sun
There is not an open gas dock in Sekiu. Your options for gas are Clallam Bay or Neah Bay.
West Grocery & Deli – a local food co-op selling fresh
and locally produced food and goods. USDA certified grass fed beef
is available to sustain the weary fisherman who doesn’t catch his
day’s quota. Many wonderful aromatic spices for smoking the
days catch. Comfortable seating with WiFi for patrons use.
Chef’s choice daily super salads. Local roasted coffee and
much more. Sunsets West Grocery is a member supported community
store. You do not have to be a member to shop here. Everyone is welcome.