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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
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.
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
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.
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 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
The rips that form off the northern tip of Dallas Bank are a good
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.