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WINTER BLACKMOUTH FISHERIES

posted by Mike on 11/04/2016

Finally, we have a chance to get back out on the water and chase some winter blackmouth on the local waters that have been closed to samon fishing for quite some time. Since it has opened on November 1st we have had some mixed reports from anglers. The best reports that we have are coming from the Possession Bar area south to the Head. Though there are alot of sub legals beeing caught, there are some nice fish being caught. We had one group of anglers that had 4 for there boat in the 8 - 10 pound range and released a wild fish of aroung 16 pounds. We have had similar reports from others that have been in. The Hat Island / Race track area seems to be putting out a high percentage of shakers for very few legal fish. The Saratoga Pasage area is like wise putting out a lot of small fish. Not to say there are no legal fish, but they are few and far between.

I am sure as more anglers venture out we will hear of more areas putting out fish. We'll pass on more information as we hear it. Get out and fish!

Blackmouth Fishing - Marine Area 9

posted by Mike on 01/23/2014

The blackmouth reports have been coming out of Marine Area 9 have been quite good since the opener. The fish that we have been seeing caught have been fron legal up 7 - 8pounds on the average with an occasional fish into the low teens. There has been an average of 3 or 4 shakers for every legal sized fish. 

 

Overall, we have been seeing better sized fish coming out of the western portions of area.  This eastern side has been producing smaller fish on average with the better fish being 5 - 6 pounds.  The western areas such has Point No Point, Double Bluff and Mid Channel Bank have been showing better sized fish with many going into the lower teens.

 

Fishing pressure has been low to moderate at best.  With the cach reports being as high as they have been it's really amazing that there are not more anglers fishing.

Marine Area 9 - Admiralty Inlet to open Thursday January 16th

posted by Mike on 01/14/2014

Perhaps the single most popular salmon fishing area in the inland waters will reopen to salmon angling this Thursday, January 16th. This area includes the popular areas of Possession Point, Point No Point and Mid Channel Bank. We expect to see some fairly good fishing opprutunities coming out of this popular spot. The catch limit will be a two fish limit with chinook having a 22" minimum size restriction and must be of hatchery origin with a missing adipose fin. (Wild Chinook Must Be Released) There is no size restriction on ather salmon species.

 

Though open for all salmon species it is basically a Chinook (Blackmouth) fishery at the present time with a handful of small (12 - 14 inch) resident Coho.  Chinook will vary greatly, with a large number of sub legal fish and good numbers of fish from legal to 12 -13 pounds with an odd fish in the upper teens and a rare fish pushing the 20+ pound mark.

 

Make sure that you fish very close to the bottom in 90 - 180 feet of water. As I was told many years ago by an eldery Puget Sound fisherman that had fished blackmouth all his life that to be successful you need to fish two feet below the mud! I have to cuncur that fishing close to the bottom will increase your productivity.

 

This area will remain open through the 15th of April.  In the last couple weeks of the season there is a chance that we might be seeing a few early returning adult fish.

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