Whidbey Island, Washington
Located just around the corner from Possession Bar and across Puget Sound from Point No Point, Whidbey Island’s Double Bluff and nearby Useless Bay account for some decent catches of salmon without the angling pressure generated at Possession Bar.
Double Bluff is best fished on the incoming tide. Work the steep edge that drops off here, staying in 70 to 90 feet of water You can troll right into Useless Bay, staying on the edge of the shelf, in 90 to 120 feet of water, and look for concentrations of baitfish on the bottom.
There has been a limited fishery in recent years for summer chinook that have fin-clipped adipose fins. This fishery occurs in July and lasts one to two weeks or until the state generated quota is met. It can be very good if the chinook have started migrating into the area. Fishing techniques here are similar to winter fishing, but slow down the trolling speed and lengthen your leaders for summer chinook. 50 to 55 inch leaders aren’t too long in this fishery.
Coho fishing at Double Bluff and Useless Bay picks up in August and peaks in September. Work the tide rips off the Double Bluff and Indian Point, which all can both produce good coho fishing.