The Puget Sound is a beautiful place that hosts a winter fishery away from the rivers. While most are focused on winter steelhead, there are a few guys who target winter blackmouth out of Seattle, WA on the Puget Sound. Winter blackmouth are immature chinook salmon that are in the Puget Sound for one sole purpose; to FEED and get bigger. Winter blackmouth can be voracious feeders. Many times when finding one blackmouth you will find others in the same area. This unique fishery gives saltwater guys another angling opportunity after all the migratory salmon have made their way into the local streams. Cut Plug Charter fishes for blackmouth with the same techniques as migratory kings. Mooching for blackmouth is one of our favorite things because you are actively fishing. What better way is there to keep warm on a crisp winter morning than to keep moving?
Puget Sound blackmouth are unlike migratory salmon that enter the Puget Sound, there is no set direction these fish will travel. Migratory salmon are passing through the Puget Sound with one mission, to head to their origin, follow their senses to the spawning grounds using the Puget Sound as their highway stopping to eat occasionally along the way. Blackmouth are feeder chinook salmon. They don't have a set direction. These fish can be in Tacoma miles south of Seattle, then change directions and head to central Puget Sound in the Seattle area. This creates a very difficult fish to pattern because of the lack of migratory patterns present. The main keys to fishing for blackmouth are "find the bait, find the fish.", focus on the bottom third of the water column and to maximize your days on the water; a break in weather means go time with our unpredictable weather we get here in the Pacific Northwest. If you're looking for something to do when the local streams are all blown out come out for some winter blackmouth fishing.