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Sequim

Sequim chart shows salmon fishing in the straits of juan de fuca for chinook and coho at sequim, dungeness bay, dallas bank, heine bank and discovery bay

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Sequim Area

The Sequim area is one of the most overlooked salmon and halibut locations in the Puget Sound area. There are two reasons for this: one being that locals are very quiet about the excellent fishing in this area. The second reason has to do with the peculiar fishing regulations the Department of Fish and Wildlife has burdened upon this area.

Sequim Bay is the jumping off point for excellent fishing for the inside Strait of Juan de Fuca. Coho fishing can be spectacular in September, winter blackmouth is a good fishery November through March, and halibut is a consistently good fishery in most years May through June.

Sequim Bay is protected water with one of the best marinas in Puget Sound. John Wayne Marina (360-417-3440) offers moorage, fuel, a restaurant, public restrooms and showers.
There is a bait and tackle shop at the marina.

Across the street from John Wayne Marina is the Sequim Bay Resort (360-681-3853). They have RV parking available, a laundry facility, and 8 neatly kept housekeeping cabins that overlook the bay. There is an excellent state park nearby and the town of Sequim itself is just a few miles away.

Boat Ramps
1) John Wayne Marina – An excellent ramp with nice pitch and docks. Good on all tides and protected from the wind. There is ample parking and a washout station for cleaning your motors. A small fee is required for launching.

2) Sequim Bay State Park Ramp – This is a steep, shallow ramp. Four feet of water is needed to launch. Parking is often full.



Salmon and Halibut Fishing Areas
Sequim chart shows salmon fishing in the straits of juan de fuca for chinook and coho at sequim, dungeness bay, dallas bank, heine bank and discovery bay
Salmon
Area 1: Diamond Point A good year-round spot for blackmouth and, should seasons allow, summer Chinook. Sharp drop off, stay in the bottom 20 of water.

Area 2: Cape George – Good blackmouth area, fairly protected on the inside. Downriggers at 80 to 120 foot depths will do the trick. Hot Spot flashers with 48 of leader and a glow in the dark Coho Killer are good tackle to use in this area.



Sequim chart shows salmon fishing in the straits of juan de fuca for chinook and coho at sequim, dungeness bay, dallas bank, heine bank and discovery bay
Salmon
Halibut
Area 3: Dallas Bank – Good for halibut along the edges. The bottom is mostly sand and gravel. Those who troll for halibut should fish the west side on the outgoing tide and move to the east side on the incoming tide. Troll slowly from 100 to 200 feet deep for halibut. Moochers do the best on the northern part of Dallas Bank. Moochers should start in 50 feet of water and drift out until you lose bottom.
The rips that form off the northern tip of Dallas Bank are a good spot for
fall coho.



Sequim chart shows salmon fishing in the straits of juan de fuca for chinook and coho at sequim, dungeness bay, dallas bank, heine bank and discovery bay
Salmon
Halibut
Area 4: Dungeness Bank – A good spot for halibut along the edges. This is a place where drift fishermen do very well. Start fishing in 100 feet of water and drift out to 240 feet of water.
The northern edge of Dungeness Bank is a good year-round Chinook area. Be sure to check your regulations.

Area 5: Dungeness Spit – A good area for winter blackmouth. This area can be windy but you are only a few minutes from sheltered waters.



Sequim chart shows salmon fishing in the straits of juan de fuca for chinook and coho at sequim, dungeness bay, dallas bank, heine bank and discovery bay
Salmon
Halibut
Area 6: Eastern Bank – Good area for lingcod and halibut. Eastern bank is a series of rocky pinnacles. Sometimes good for winter blackmouth. Fish the southwest side in 80 to 140 feet of water for both blackmouth and halibut.



Sequim chart shows salmon fishing in the straits of juan de fuca for chinook and coho at sequim, dungeness bay, dallas bank, heine bank and discovery bay
Salmon
Halibut
Area 7: Partridge Bank – Good for halibut on the southwest shelf. Fair for winter blackmouth on the incoming tide on the southeast corner. Fish the southwest side on the outgoing tide in 90 to 120 ft. of water.



Sequim chart shows salmon fishing in the straits of juan de fuca for chinook and coho at sequim, dungeness bay, dallas bank, heine bank and discovery bay
Salmon
Halibut
Area 8: Smith Island – Smith Island is just to the north of Partridge Bank. This is a good area for lingcod and fall coho fishing. A limited winter blackmouth fishery takes place on the outgoing tide on the west side of Smith Island. Coho can be caught on either tide by following the rips that form as the water flows over Smith Island. Very exposed to the weather and a long run to cover.



Sequim chart shows salmon fishing in the straits of juan de fuca for chinook and coho at sequim, dungeness bay, dallas bank, heine bank and discovery bay
Salmon
Halibut
Area 9: Hein Bank – Hein Bank is a consistent producer of salmon and halibut. Moochers should concentrate their efforts along the northern edge of Hein Bank. 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. Halibut can be caught primarily on the southern edge of Hein Bank in 80 to 240 feet of water.

Tom Nelson