Salmon Bank

Friday Harbor, Washington

Winter Blackmouth/Summer Kings

They don’t call it Salmon Bank for nothin’. Fish the east side of Salmon Bank on the incoming tide. The troll area is 2.5 to 3 miles long. It’s best to keep the gear right near the bottom, as the usual baitfish here is candlefish, which hug the bottom. When the tide switches around move over and target the west side of the bank. Like other areas like it, having a good quality sonar is critical here, as there are no landmarks to line up the troll on. Most of Salmon Bank extends out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.


Coho fishing can get going here in late July, but usually August and September are best. Trolling a red flasher with a green splatter back hoochie will hook silvers here, as will cut plug herring either fished with a flasher or alone. Coho will usually be in the top 50 feet of water early in the morning, but as the day goes on the best fishing will often occur with the gear down 90 to as much as 130 feet.


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