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Clallam Bay, WA


Sekiu chart shows salmon fishing in the straits of juan de fuca for chinook and coho at sekiu, clallam bay, pillar point, slip point
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LARGE BLACKMOUTH, KILLER SUMMER KINGS AND COHO TOO, That's the big reason to be spending time fishing the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
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.
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. 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 before.

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 comes up.

There is not an open gas dock in Sekiu.  Your options for gas are Clallam Bay or Neah Bay.

Sunsets 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.