2.8 knots speed. Birds are tell-tale that bait is in the area. Puget Sound Blackmouth opens…. Puget Sound Marine Area 10 Salmon Fishing – June 19, 2020. Area 10 fishes well for Blackmouth from the typical opening in November all the way through February when it typically closes. Fishing in area 10 has been fair to good this winter starting in November we have seen a fair number of keeper blackmouth caught in the area. Why are there blackmouth in the South Sound one week and the next not? As the saying goes “Everybody’s got to eat” holds true for birds as well. Murphy has been fishing the waters of the Puget Sound for over 30 years. Minutes from Seattle, Salmon Fishing right on the Puget Sound.Based in Edmonds Washington, this year-round fishing charter minutes from Downtown Seattle not only provides Guided Salmon Fishing from Seattle to Everett Washington for winter blackmouth, spring and summer chinook, and fall coho, pinks, chums and sockeye but also offers fishing charters for Bottom Fishing … Copyright © 2021 Pacific Northwest Best Life. Call to book your charter . They are hungry. I would focus on depths of 100-150 fow then working deeper if you aren’t finding any signs. Here in Puget Sound I have found that Puget Sound for their lives... Of bait tends to be an expert to land one, but rarely a reliable place to target.! To mind ; blackmouth fishing the combination of higher speed and fishing deeper out for the remainder the... Blinky flashers recently released by pro-troll a third spoon though that has definitely put some blackmouth on my deck home! 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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… These migrating salmon will spend some part of their lives (often when between 2.5 – 3 years old) in the Puget Sound. The aforementioned 4″ Tomic Plug in Purple Haze is another good way to go, especially if you are looking to upsize your offering. Low returns of Stillaguamish and mid-Hood Canal Chinook, as well as Snohomish coho limited a number of Puget Sound … Another approach is by using the ProTroll flashers with the agitator fin, to enable you to spin that hoochie really well at slower speeds. Both the Coho Killer and the Wee G imitate that candlefish hatch really well and will get bit consistently when fishing for blackmouth in the Puget Sound. I’m specifically calling out the speed factor here, because when you are fishing on the bottom in 120-150 ft of water, it may be challenging for you to remain in contact with the bottom plus keep your speed up. Try Point Fosdick in May-June. No drag, lots of flash and glo finishes … It’s time to get some of the pound for pound best eating best fighting fish of the season. Note: This may not be a great strategy in really rocky areas like you might find in some parts of the San Juans. Another flasher to consider are the blinky flashers recently released by pro-troll. The San Juan Islands are in a class all their own when it comes to blackmouth fishing. The Kingfisher 3.0 in Herring Aide might just be the best all around salmon trolling spoon for summer or winter. Smaller fish cannot travel through the water column as fast as the bigger fish. Area 10 is home to the central Puget Sound places like Jefferson Head, Blakely rock, Southworth, Kingston and Point Wells are a few of the key places people fish. When selecting the right flasher for blackmouth fishing in the Puget Sound, you have to keep in mind that more than likely the weather you will be fishing in will not be sunny and nice. Most likely, there will be clouds, rain, snow, and whatever a January-February in the Puget Sound decides to throw your way. Far migrating Chinook are unavailable to Puget … You can leave the UV / Haze type flashers at home on most days. Here’s what I do: The bite can be so fast that if you were to drop all the way down first, than get up to speed, you may already have a sub-legal fish on! You can also fish with salmon plugs like the 4″ Tomic. Why not just call them king or chinook salmon? Point no Point and Possession Bar are two of the most consistent salmon fishing spots in the entire Puget Sound and winter blackmouth is no exception. Availability of that meal is what drives their behavior more than anything else. OK, so first, why are these fish called blackmouth? Typically, … So, trying something different than what you normally do will be easier as there’s less traffic on the water. You don't have to be an expert to land one, but it doesn't hurt to go fishing with an expert. March can be a great time to fish Point no Point as there are typically higher numbers of legal fish over 22″ present and even some larger fish mixed in. PUGET SOUND ANGLERS LIKE BEN LOLKEMA WON’T BE HAPPY WITH NEWS THAT THERE WON’T BE A SEASON FOR BLACKMOUTH IN MANY WATERS NEXT WINTER. Usually open year around, but rarely a reliable place to target blackmouth. Don't miss your chance at this exciting salmon fishing experience! Recreational fishery samplers with the Puget Sound Sampling Unit collect catch and effort information throughout the fishing season at selected fishing access sites throughout Puget Sound. Early reports also indicate about 1 million coho (Oncorhynchus kisutch) will be headed into the Strait before filtering through north Puget Sound. This fishery has always been by far … A large portion of yearling Chinook contribute to Puget Sound "Blackmouth" fisheries. Some fish may stay around Puget Sound for their entire lives. Blackmouth fishing is a great Puget Sound fishery. These fish will almost always be in the teens or larger. Close to the Port of Everett, great blackmouth fishing can be great off of Columbia Beach as well as Racetrack (between Camano head and Hat Island). A regular producer of good blackmouth fishing. During the winter months, the size of bait tends to be on the smaller side. There are some good fisherman that really swear by these and certainly the logic pans out for puget sound blackmouth fishing when you want to be down deep where there is less light, to have a flashy flasher might help. Marine Area 13, South Puget Sound: There are lots of opportunities for Blackmouth anglers here in this only Washington marine area with an open Chinook season 12 months out of the year, and most of the … Hoochies are also an option, but keep in mind that you will also need to go fast enough to get that flasher and hoochie spinning to generate the right type of action. Area 10 is home to the central Puget Sound places like Jefferson Head, Blakely rock, Southworth, Kingston and Point Wells are a few of the key places people fish. Puget Sound Sports Fishing was started in 1984 by Northwest Native Murphy Pierson. The tides dictate where the blackmouth will congregate solely because the tide will push smaller baitfish onto different banks and ledges creating an ambush place for the blackmouth. This article is all about how to have success fishing for winter blackmouth in the Puget Sound. While that’s true, most puget sound blackmouth are in the 2-3 year old range which means their size is more often predictable. This season we have seen quite a resurgance in jigging here in Puget Sound. Rent our trailer on Outdoorsy for a great camping experience! But seriously, the regulations have been tightening more and more every year, and years like 2020, the only Marine Areas open in January were 13, 12, 11 and 10. The yellow lines above are a small example of trolling paths anglers can take in search of … That’s not what anybody wants! I will typically drop my downrigger ball until it hits bottom, and than come up a few feet while trolling my offering. They typically won’t be suspended mid-water column unless there’s bait that’s suspended. Places like Jefferson head are vast in size creating opportunities on either side of the tide incoming and outgoing. This is all about the availability of bait. Point no Point and Possession Bar are two of the most consistent salmon Another key difference between targeting puget sound salmon which are migrating to their natal streams and blackmouth is the depths to target them. This one dynamic is one of the key differences between blackmouth and king salmon approaching sexual maturity. The term “blackmouth” refers to the dark gum line that is a distinguishing feature for identifying all king/chinook salmon. Kings are the prize of every serious salmon angler. Using 15-18 lb downrigger balls to counter the blowback can be important to help with the combination of higher speed and fishing deeper. The aggressive blackmouth create a great opportunity for guys to go out and try mooching if they haven’t tried before as they are good biting fish, and there are less boats out. We have … The fish will be in that general area, don’t shy away from this area just because it’s a big in size and the fish can be anywhere. However, it’s often not necessary as these fish can be so aggressive, if you aren’t getting bit with spoons they often aren’t there. Blackmouth: These "Blackmouth" are Juvenile King Salmon that live in Puget Sound all year around and provide the best winter Salmon fishing … Let me give you a third spoon though that has definitely put some blackmouth on my deck. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST) ... Puget Sound . If Herring Aide is my #1, than Cookies n’ Cream is the easy #2. Yes, most Puget Sound kings will migrate out to the ocean and travel as far as the coast of Northern BC or even Alaska. Anglers should keep in mind the fact that baitfish aren’t the only sources of food for Puget Sound-area blackmouth. What are these fish doing on the sea floor? There are usually lots of squid around, especially late in the winter and in … If you can locate the when and gravel; areas where these baitfish spawn, … Fish for starry flounder and sand sole with bait on the bottom in the muddy and soft flats. One of the exciting aspects of fishing Marine Area 6 is the possibility of intercepting the rare puget sound springer. Some salmon may go to the Strait, than mill around the Islands, than come back down south to Puget Sound and do it all over again. The main key at Jefferson Head is to find where the bait is congregating and stay on top of it. Some may hang out around western Vancouver Island and than mill around Puget Sound for another year before reaching sexual maturity. I will than drop the rest of the way to 100 ft, and then finally come up a few feet. Seasons. These reports … Finding Blackmouth in Puget Sound. The bottom line is that this activity is almost always going on, on the bottom. Blackmouth range from the legal size of 22 inches up to fish taken in the upper teens. Fish the west side along the drop off that starts at 30 feet and falls off to 300 feet for both blackmouth and summer … Thirty-five years ago, salmon fishing was open year-round in Puget Sound. Tweet. Blackmouth & Resident King Salmon fishing. Puget Sound opens for Blackmouth (Winter Chinook Salmon) on January 1st 2021 . Typically, Marine Area 6 won’t open up until later in the season. … Looking for birds in this area pays dividends as well. ELLIOT BAY'S TENGU DERBY There are a number of explanations for how the word "mooching" came to describe the practice of fishing … Small herring, sand lance, and hooligans make up the bulk of the baitfish … We reveal the best locations and the best fishing techniques and lures for catching winter blackmouth in the Puget Sound. Seattle Winter King Salmon AKA Blackmouth, Northern Puget Sound Salmon Fishing (Area 9), Cut Plug Charter, 7001 Seaview Avenue Northwest Dock V, Seattle, WA, 98117, United States. Generally open more than most areas, but blackmouth abundance can be very inconsistent. Try the Clay Banks near Point Defiance or Quartermaster Harbor in 120-180 ft of water. Puget Sound is not a lake or a bay or even … Puget Sound – Departing from Shilshole Bay Marina Cold days don’t stop us as we fish for one of the most unique King Salmon sub-species. This season we have seen quite a resurgance in jigging here in Puget Sound. There are places to fish all over the Islands, Rosario Strait and outside to the south and west. I caught fewer fish, but when that bite happened, it was far more exciting as I knew it was likely a much nicer fish. In addition to the migrating coho, Puget Sound … Reason for action : Anglers have reached nearly half (282 of 579) of this fishery’s allowed natural-origin Chinook encounter guideline within the first 10 days of the season. Puget Sound is home to many spawning beds for herring and sand lance. And yet Marine Area 10, which includes the King and Kitsap county sides of Puget Sound, is holding on as a popular and productive winter blackmouth fishery. In the many years I have fished Puget Sound I have found that Puget Sound … You can leave the orange / red stuff for summer fishing. The great thing about fishing north Puget Sound is that you get first crack at all the fish bound for South Sound rivers. Location: Marine Area 10. A "Blackmouth" is a term anglers use for an immature Chinook salmon. What are these fish doing in the Puget Sound? Dungeness Bay is vast and has multiple contour lines that hold bait which in turn attracts blackmouth. So your gear needs to be down there to experience success. The greater Seattle area is also known as marine area 10 by saltwater fishermen and women. Find the bait, find the fish. June 19, ... Blackmouth Black Rockfish Brook Trout Chinook Salmon Chum Salmon Coho Salmon Cutthroat Trout Dungeness … In the greater Seattle area, the winter months bring one thing to mind; blackmouth fishing. May – June: Bottom Fishing … Which means if the sport fleet is catching sub-legals at a 10 to 1 pace to keepers, then a quota of 1000 fish will get consumed by only 100 legal salmon. Most often, blackmouth are found with their nose in dirt on the very bottom of the sea floor. I thought king salmon migrated out to the ocean? Once again try fishing a larger bait, such as a green label sized bait to cut down on the sub legal catches. The name blackmouth comes from the black gumline that identifies it as a resident chinook salmon. In the winter months the bait size in Puget Sound is generally a lot smaller than during the summer months and “matching the hatch” can be critical to getting them to snap. Using herring such as red label or green label in a helmet is also a really good way to get bit. During the winter months, there’s often a hatch of candlefish or sand lance that these feeder chinook will key in on as well as a wide variety of other options. Stock up on these out of season so you arn’t scrambling around to find one. The best location to catch blackmouth has to start with whichever Marine Area is open. These blackmouth are voracious feeders as they are very much still in the “bulking up” and growing phase of their lifespan. The fishing has been consistent in area 10 all winter and I expect it to hold out for the remainder of the season. Your email address will not be published. If you’re looking to get out on the water and learn how to mooch for blackmouth we’d be glad to give you a run down on the most hands on active style of fishing on the Puget Sound and if were lucky, catch a few fish while we’re at it. 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. Remember what I said earlier about there being no rules with blackmouth? And really only Marine Area 10 was putting out fish. I was hooking into quite a few sub-legals recently on my Marine Area 10 blackmouth fishing trip near Kingston in January 2020, until I sped up to about 2.4 knots (2.8 mph). January 1st, new years day, Marine Area 10 opens up for winter blackmouth. And because they are hungry, they always follow the bait, looking for their next meal. Undersized shakers have been a problem this winter so increasing size in presentation is recommended. Required fields are marked *. These conditions generally call for glow flashers or glow on one side and UV on the other to cover things. Successful salmon fishing in Puget Sound begins with understanding the immense body of water you’re fishing. This is that spoon you may never see as it’s usually an empty peg in the store when you are looking for them. This Tuesday in areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 10. Blackmouth fishing is a great opportunity to get outdoors in the winter months. This is the final part to our 3 day trip up to Gardiner, Washington for the Gardiner salmon derby. Puget Sound Winter Blackmouth Seasons for 2021. Also, a lot of fisherman make the switch to braid for less blowback. With the close proximity to home it makes for a perfect half day escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Both of these fish extremely well. We’ve run bait on one side and spoons on the other and done really well with bait. We have been mooching green label herring with recent success off of Jefferson Head, Kingston and Point Monroe to name a few. Especially near Jeff Head and Kingston, but really there are a number of other less well known locations for taking blackmouth as well further south along Bainbridge Island, Southworth and Manchester area. It’s important to note that all of the fish we “encounter” and release count towards how WDFW determines impacts and quota. This multi-tasking setup may require a bit more effort to get down to depth while maintaining speed, especially if you have any wind that will knock you off your course while you are messing with the downrigger. Ha! Blackmouth Salmon are immature King Salmon not going up the rivers to spawn, Mostly 2 to 3 year old (Chinook) King salmon that are feeding and growing till they are mature enough to make their river … The tides dictate where … We target these fish from October through March in Puget Sound. When it comes to blackmouth it’s all about the bait. WDFW, in consultation with fishing advisors for Puget Sound, has decided to temporarily close this fishery until later in the season in order to preserve future fishing … Here are a few of my favorite all purpose flashers. Plug cut herring rigging is the most popular and effec- tive bait for catching Puget Sound Blackmouth Big Al’s Fish Flash is the ideal flasher for Puget Sound Blackmouth. Mooching with red label herring is preferred over green label unless shaker blackmouth (undersized juvenile chinook) become a problem then by all means increasing size of bait is highly recommended. You should also consider the visible color spectrum underwater, given you will be fishing down deep near the bottom of puget sound. 425-328-4664. Current regulations for the Puget Sound state that a fish must be 22″ to be considered a legal keeper, and there will often be many fish around that size and smaller than that, hungry for your offering. There are basically 2 methods to keep the smaller stuff off your lines: You can catch a lot of blackmouth on that coho killer or that size 2 kingfisher spoon, but how many of these fish will be legal keepers? A site dedicated to capturing the best of living and recreating in the Pacific Northwest. Your email address will not be published. These are both favorite food for Blackmouth. Fishing for these resident Chinook Salmon is a bright spot for saltwater anglers … But, there is no switch that tells these fish they must leave the river and go straight out and up north. You get the idea, there are no set rules here. New Years Day offers us the beginning of a favorite local fishery for Puget Sound Blackmouth Salmon. Blackmouth aren’t exactly picky and will take any numbers of species of forage fish available in the Puget Sound. I have a set of leaders just for size 4 and larger kingfisher spoons, that I break out and use in this situation. The term “blackmouth” though specifically is used to distinguish king salmon which are NOT approaching sexual maturity or migrating to spawning rivers. If you want to catch a keeper blackmouth, you may have to deal with the potentially 10 to 1 ratios of undersized fish to keepers. Blackmouth are immature Chinook Salmon, they are also called “feeder Kings”. If you are like me on a smaller boat, you are running a rod and the tiller handle at the back of the boat to steer all at the same time. The different sides of this area will fish good at certain parts of the tide. Goldstar Kingfisher Spoon 3.0 #395 Herring Aide. But wait! Yes, bait is still important in the summer and fall king fisheries, it’s just not as important as it is when chasing blackmouth. You can read our primer on Puget Sound Salmon Fishing to learn more about this topic. A Couple Nice Winer blackmouth(Chinook) heading home. One rule is true all the time though with these fish. If the bottom is 100 ft, I will drop my downrigger ball down to about 80 ft. Than I will get up to 2.4 -> 2.8 knots speed. Birds are tell-tale that bait is in the area. Puget Sound Blackmouth opens…. Puget Sound Marine Area 10 Salmon Fishing – June 19, 2020. Area 10 fishes well for Blackmouth from the typical opening in November all the way through February when it typically closes. Fishing in area 10 has been fair to good this winter starting in November we have seen a fair number of keeper blackmouth caught in the area. Why are there blackmouth in the South Sound one week and the next not? As the saying goes “Everybody’s got to eat” holds true for birds as well. Murphy has been fishing the waters of the Puget Sound for over 30 years. Minutes from Seattle, Salmon Fishing right on the Puget Sound.Based in Edmonds Washington, this year-round fishing charter minutes from Downtown Seattle not only provides Guided Salmon Fishing from Seattle to Everett Washington for winter blackmouth, spring and summer chinook, and fall coho, pinks, chums and sockeye but also offers fishing charters for Bottom Fishing … Copyright © 2021 Pacific Northwest Best Life. Call to book your charter . They are hungry. I would focus on depths of 100-150 fow then working deeper if you aren’t finding any signs. Here in Puget Sound I have found that Puget Sound for their lives... 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