In the greater Seattle area, the winter months bring one thing to mind; blackmouth fishing. Blackmouth fishing is a great opportunity to get outdoors in the winter months. With the close proximity to home it makes for a perfect half day escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The greater Seattle area is also known as marine area 10 by saltwater fishermen and women. 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. 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.
Places like Jefferson head are vast in size creating opportunities on either side of the tide incoming and outgoing. The different sides of this area will fish good at certain parts of the tide. The main key at Jefferson Head is to find where the bait is congregating and stay on top of it. 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. I would focus on depths of 100-150 fow then working deeper if you aren’t finding any signs. Looking for birds in this area pays dividends as well. Birds are tell-tale that bait is in the area. As the saying goes “Everybody’s got to eat” holds true for birds as well.
Area 10 fishes well for Blackmouth from the typical opening in November all the way through February when it typically closes. During the winter months, the size of bait tends to be on the smaller side. 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. 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. So, trying something different than what you normally do will be easier as there’s less traffic on the water.
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. Undersized shakers have been a problem this winter so increasing size in presentation is recommended. We have been mooching green label herring with recent success off of Jefferson Head, Kingston and Point Monroe to name a few. The fishing has been consistent in area 10 all winter and I expect it to hold out for the remainder of the season. 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.
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