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posted by Mike on 01/18/2019

Looks as if our Winter blackmouth fishing is following our summer king salmon fishery. We have seen some good fishing this winter season, and with it lots of participation. Despite WDFW lowering the limit to just a single blackmouth and many days of bad weather, we will reach our impact numbers by Saturday, 19th January and the season is over! We will have to switch over to Marine Area  8-1, 8-2, 9, 11, 12 or 13 to be able to continue our fishing. Area 6 will open Februay 1st and Area 5 will open February 16th. If you want to fish you'll just have to switch areas.


If we want to have longer seasons, we need to curtail the impacts we have on the smaller sublegal fish. Please go to larger lures and baits to cut down on the number of smaller fish that you are catching and releasing.


Salmon fishing to close in Marine Area 10

Action: Closes angling for salmon.

Effective date: January 20 through March 31, 2019. 

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 10.

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates and fishery projections indicate the total encounters guideline is expected to be reached by the end of the day Saturday, Jan. 19. This closure is necessary to avoid exceeding the allowable limit of total encounters including both retained and released fish. The fishery is being closed to control impacts on stocks of concern and ensure compliance with conservation objectives.

Additional information: Salmon fishing remains open at year-round piers as listed in the 2018-2019 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Information contact: David Stormer, Puget Sound Recreational Salmon Manager, (360) 902-0058.


posted by Mike on 01/14/2019

Marine Areas 9 & 10 continue to put out some fairly good blackmouth fishing since the January 1st opener. The most productive area has been the eastern side of the Kitsap Peninsula taking in the Jefferson Head, Kingston, Pilot Point, Point No Point and around the corner into Skunk Bay. There is quite a mixture in the size of the fish, from sub legals to fish in the mid teens. For those being selective, fish in the 6 -7 pound range are fairly common. For those that are in the right place and right time, fish into the mid teens have been caught.


Weather has been one factor that determines whether you will get out on the water or not. We have seen from one extreme to the other so far this season. Yesterday, was one outstanding Winter day to say the least. With the good weather there was a good number of boats that took advantage of the flat calm conditions. In the Kingston area alone there were perhaps around 70 boats on the water in the morning.


As far as techniques go, I would have to say that the vast majority of anglers are downrigger trolling with flasher / squid or flasher / spoon combinations. Though you will find this technique will account for a larger percentage of shakers, especially if use smaller offerings. Not to say that you will not get larger fish on these smaller lures, but you must remember that our season is determined by the impacts that occur while fishing, and not the fish you punch on your card. By going to larger lures you will decrease the number of smaller fish that you hook and hopefully allow us to have a full season instead of being cut short. Try fishing larger spoons and plugs to cut down on the impacts.


The guys that have been mooching this winter have been finding good results and have been quite pleased with their results. Some of my customers that are die hard moochers have been getting fish into the low to mid teens quite consistantly. Once again try fishing a larger bait, such as a green label sized bait to cut down on the sub legal catches.


This season we have seen quite a resurgance in jigging here in Puget Sound. Earlier this winter season we saw jigging had become one of the most consistant ways of fishing blackmouth in the Point Defiance area of south sound. This technique has followed north and we have seen a good number of folks buying jigs this winter. Point Wilson Darts or Dugeness Stingers have been the lures of choice.


posted by Mike on 12/27/2018

Finally, we have a number of areas opening for Winter blackmouth this next Tuesday, January 1st, 2019. Marine Areas 7(San Juan Islands), Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) and Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) will open Tuesday, January 1st, 2019. These areas were delayed this season due to large impacts on sub legal fish when these areas opened earlier. By delaying the opener it is hoped that a lager number of fish will have grown to legal size, lessing the impacts on smaller (sub-legal) fish which have caused WDFW to close areas earlier when impact numbers are reached.

Make sure to read your WDFW regulations for the areas you intend to fish as every area is slightly diferent. Please take note that WDFW has changed the Area 10 limit to just a single fish. 

Hopefully, we should see some fairly good sized fish in marine Area 9 & 10 as we have seen some good sized fish landed off the Edmonds Pier this Fall / Winter season. There have been a number of fish landed in the 7 -14 pound range in the past month. This has been the best Fall / Winter season we have seen off the pier, with many of the regulars landing legal fish on a consistant basis. 

If you want to curtail the number of sub - legal fish you encounter consider fishing larger offerings. Going to plugs in the 4 - 5 inch range, such as Silver Hordes or Tomics, will help cut down on the smaller fish. Fishing larger soons in the 4 - 5 inch range will also accomplish curtailing the impacts on smaller fish. Yes, you may not catch as many fish, but the average will be considerably larger. If we lessen the impacts, then we will see a longer season, and just might see a full season, giving us more time on the water.


Good Luck To All Of You!


posted by Mike on 08/15/2018

Marine Area 10 to close to hatchery chinook retention

Action:  Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) will be closed to the retention of hatchery chinook salmon beginning Friday, Aug. 17.

Effective date: 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.

Species affected: Hatchery chinook salmon.

Location: Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton), excluding the year-round piers.

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates indicate that anglers have harvested more than 90 percent of the summer chinook quota since the fishery opened on July 16. The fishery will close to allow fishery managers to re-evaluate the catch and determine if any quota remains.

Additional information: Marine Area 10 will remain open to the retention of hatchery and wild coho salmon as part of the two salmon daily limit. Anglers must release chinook and chum. Sinclair Inlet remains open for the retention of hatchery chinook through Sept. 30. Anglers fishing the year-round piers have a daily limit of two salmon, one of which may be a chinook, but must release chum through Sept. 15.

For specific regulations, anglers should consult the 2018-19 Washington Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Anglers can check WDFW’s website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html for the latest information on marine areas that are managed to a quota or guideline.

Information contact: David Stormer, Puget Sound recreational salmon fishery manager, (360) 902-0058 or Mark Baltzell, Puget Sound salmon manager, (360) 902-2807.



posted by Mike on 11/02/2017

The reports that we had from yesterdays blackmouth opener were quite lackluster to say the least. Most everyone we spoke with had to deal with quite a number of shakers. No matter what type of gear that was put out, it was plauged by undersized fish. Even those fishing plugs still had sub legal problems. Here's a little rundown on the WDFW checks from the opener.


Edmonds     Area 9     9 Boats with 15 Anglers     7 Chinook     .47 Fish/Angler

Everett        Area 8-2  13 Boats with 26 Anglers   1 Chinook     .04 Fish/Angler

Everett       Area 9      29 Boats with 55 Anglers   19 Chinook   ,035 Fish/Angler

Kingston    Area 9      13 Boats with 26 Anglers     2 Chinook    ,08 Fish/Angler

Kingston    Area 10     7 Boats with 17 Anglers     1 Chinook     .06 Fish/Angler

Pt Townsend Area 9   10 Boats with 17 Anglers   10 Chinook    .59 Fish/Angler

Shilshole    Area 9     4 Boats with 7 Anglers        3 Chinook     .43 Fish/Angler

Shilshole   Area 10    3 Boats with 4 Anglers        0 Chinook


So as you can see the fishing was far from fantastic. Perhaps no one really found any concentration of fish so it was hit and miss.


Weather kept most all but the hardcore in today and the outllook looks a little marginal for the next few days! After all it is November.


posted by Mike on 07/28/2017

If I had to guess, I think we will get to fish though this weekend for Chinook in Marine Area 9 before we reach our Chinook guideline of 5,599. As of the 23rd according to WDFW we had havested 3,435. If we do make it though the weekend I would seriously doubt that we would make it to the following weekend. When we do reach our quota then it would be time to head south and fish Marine Area 10 as WDFW has increased the Chinook limit to two (effective Saturday 29th, July) and as of the 23rd had only caught 227 of the 2,166 quota. Though generally the fish historically do not bite as well once they migrate into this area.


Another choice is to fish the "Bubble". It has been exceptionally productive this season.


Get put and fish before we reach the closures!


posted by Mike on 11/29/2016

Just a quick note to remind everyone that salmon fishing will close in Marine Area 9 until January 16th, 2017. Not everything will be gloom and doom, as 8-1 and 8-2 will remain open until April 30th 2017 and 10 will stay open through February 28th. The star of winter blackmouth fishing Marine Area 7 (San Juans) will open December 1st and run through April 3oth, 2017.Marine Area 6 will also open December 1st and run through April 15th, 2017. As you can see there are many places that you can fish this winter. Hopefully, the fishing that we have been seeing in 9 will also relate to what will happen in the other areas.

Good Luck


posted by Mike on 10/25/2016

Anglers limited to 1 chinook per day in marine areas 8-1, 8-2, 9, and 10

Action: The daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon in marine areas 8-1, 8-2, 9, and 10 will be reduced to 1 chinook, with a 2 salmon limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released.

Effective locations and dates

  • Marine Area 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay): Nov. 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017.
  • Marine Area 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner): Nov. 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017.
  • Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet): Nov. 1 through Nov. 30, 2016 and Jan. 16 through Apr. 30, 2017.
  • Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton): Nov. 1, 2016 through Feb. 28, 2017.

Species affected:  Chinook salmon

Reason for action: Before the salmon fishing season started, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and tribal co-managers agreed to a limited number of chinook encounters – retaining or releasing fish – anglers are allowed in Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9, and 10.

The department is modifying these fisheries to try to stay within the agreed to number of encounters, increasing the likelihood of providing season-long fisheries. WDFW consulted with its Puget Sound sportfishing advisors in making this change.

Other information: WDFW will continue to monitor and evaluate these marine area fisheries.

Information Contact: Mark Baltzell, (360) 902-2807 or Ryan Lothrop (360) 902-2808.


posted by Mike on 08/02/2016

As of Sunday July 31 we still had 265 Chinook to catch out of our quota of 3,056 in Marine Area 9. In Marine Area 10 there was still 956 Chinook to harvest out of quota of 1,395. This still gives anglers at least a few more days to fish in Area 9 before we reach our guideline and perhaps a week or more in Area 10. Overall, fishing has been just fair at best for most we have spoken with, though there has been a few that have had a good season.


This week is generally the peak of the Chinook returns here in our section of Puget Sound and perhaps we will see a marked increase in the numbers of fish being landed.


Make sure to keep a look at the WDFW website for a closure notice as I am sure anglers will not get much of a notice on the closing. I'll be sure to post it here on our website as soon as we hear anything.


posted by Mike on 07/26/2016

As of Sunday, anglers have caught 2,284 of their 3,056 Chinook quota given to them for Marine Area 9. Perhaps , if we are lucky we just might make it through this weekend before being closed. This would give us a mear 772 Chinook to harvest. If catch averages continue as they were in the first 9 days it would be doubtful that we would go through the weekend. However, the angling pressure has wained this week as well as the catch percentages - which just might mean that we will make it though the end of the month.


If I was looking to make it out for some Chinook fishing before the closure I would take every opportunity to fish before we see it come to an end.


Marine Area 10 had seen just 246 Chinook taken of their 1,395 quota as of the 24th. Unless catch percentages improve drastically, I would say we will see this area continue to offer angling opportunity through this weekend and perhaps even into next week.


posted by Mike on 06/07/2016


WDFW announces full slate of Puget Sound crab seasons

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today announced recreational crab-fishing seasons for areas of Puget Sound opening in July and August, adding to the list of waters previously set to open in June.

Stretching from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to the Canadian border, the new list of openings completes the schedule of summer crab fisheries in Puget Sound, said Rich Childers, WDFW shellfish policy lead.

"We were still working out the details for some fisheries when we publicized the June openings last week," Childers said. "With that work completed, we can now announce crab seasons for the rest of the Sound."

In all areas of Puget Sound, recreational crabbing is scheduled Thursdays through Mondays each week (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) during the following periods:

  • Marine Area 13 (south Puget Sound): Open June 2 through Sept. 5. Crabbing is now under way five days a week.
  • Marine Areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu), and 12 (Hood Canal): Open 6 a.m. June 16 through Sept. 5.
  • A portion of Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet): Open 6 a.m. June 16 through Sept. 5 in waters north of the Hood Canal Bridge to a line connecting Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point.
  • Marine Areas 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 8-1 (Deception Pass to East Point), 8-2 (East Point to Possession Point), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 10 (Seattle/Bremerton), and 11 (Tacoma/Vashon): Open July 1 through Sept. 5.  
  • Marine Area 7 South (San Juan Islands/Bellingham): Open July 15 through Sept. 30.
  • Marine Area 7 North (Gulf of Georgia): Open Aug. 13 through Sept. 30.

These seasons and details on fishing regulations, as well as an educational video on crabbing are posted on WDFW's crab fishing website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/

The daily limit for crab fishers throughout Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches. Fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across.

State regulations prohibit setting or pulling shellfish gear from a vessel from one hour after official sunset to one hour before official sunrise.  All shellfish gear must be removed from the water on closed days.

Childers also reminds sport crabbers that they are required to record their harvest of Dungeness crab on their catch record cards immediately after retaining crab. Separate catch record cards are issued for the summer and winter seasons in Puget Sound.

Catch cards are not required to fish for Dungeness crab in the Columbia River or on the Washington coast.

Point No Point Chinook Bite Today 28th July

posted by Mike on 07/28/2014

We had a very good report coming from Point No Point today on kings. One of our customers said that he say perhaps 25 - 30 kings caught on the outgoing tide this morning. Most of the fish he saw landed were in the 10 - 13 pound bracket with a few into the mid teens thrown in for good measure. He mentioned out of the 6 that was landed on his boat that 5 of the 6 were in fact hatchery fish. Pehaps the fishing is going to turn around from the slow start. As of this past Friday we had only reached a little over a third of our quota in Marine Area 9 and less than 20 percent in area 10. With the low catch rates that means we will get some additional time to fish. Slow fishing equates to a a longer season while good fishing equates to a short season. Sort of a duoble edge sword!


If you have not fished Point No Point I will have to tell you that it is a mooching show. If you are a troller please do not try and troll through the moochers! It will only cause problems. If you do want to troll then it would be best for you to fish west of the point off of Norwegian Point and down into Skunk Bay, as these areas are also good on the outgoing tide. Once the tide turns and starts to flood then it is best for a troller to move south of Point No Point and fish the Pilot Point down to Kingston drag. Generally, the moochers will call it quits at Point No Point once the tide flattens out on the bottom of the ebb. A few will fish just south of the point on the flats on the first part of the flood tide.

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