Cape Alava

 

Has for the past several years been one of Washington’s top producing ocean salmon fisheries. Located between the ports of Neah Bay and La Push it does take a little running to reach but the trip can be well worth the trip. This area seems to hold tons of baitfish and hungry schools of salmon are right there feeding heavy on it. Top fishing is July-August with around the end of July peak for large chinook and later in the month prime time for large coho. I have had many successful days trolling this area with downriggers watching birds feeding or locating schools of herring on the Lowrance sonar and targeting the bottom edge of herring balls with the tackle on the riggers.

My best luck on larger fish has been by slow trolling herring 30-35 ft off the downriggers early in the morning. The larger blue label size works the best. I would rigged them on 5/0-6/0 octopus hooks on 6ft. of 25lb test leader. Brine the herring good before using so they will hold up trolling.

When the fishing slowed I would forget the bait and started trolling large Pro-Chip flashers with green Gold Star hootchies tied on 45-inches of 50 lb. leader with 6/0 hooks.

Most of the kings we take late in day when the sun was high came from trolling the riggers down 140-160ft. in 250 ft of water.

 

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