Manchester inlet is one of the most popular fisheries for winter blackmouth and is a quick boat ride from Elliott Bay, Tacoma or Bremerton.
The majority of the fishing will be taken between the fuel dock, and the houses located a mile just to the south of the fuel dock. This troll or drift for moochers puts out the majority of the fish. The bottom is gently sloping in this area with a relatively smooth bottom, no big ledge or points. This makes mooching a good bet in the 90-100 ft water. Trollers will catch fish out in the deeper water here targeting suspended bait schools that attract the local blackmouth in to feed. Like most locations in this area the ebb tide seems to be the most favorable. You can catch fish on either tide, and normally the bite will happen 2 hours on either side of a tide change. Work the long trolling path from Orchard Point towards the Navy Fuel dock then in toward Manchester boat ramp and on down south about a mile towards Yukon Harbor. This area stays relatively flat with only a couple of humps. The majority of the bait holds in the 90-120 ft water here.
When the bottom starts to come up turn east towards Blake Island and follow this ledge out until the bottom starts to drop off, then it’s a simple turn back North to complete the circle back to Orchard Point.
The North end of Blake Island is a moochers dream with a nice sloping drop off it produces well on the outgoing tide.
Allen Bank just on located just offshore of the north end of Vashon Island can and does produce great fishing along the edges of the bank. You can also troll south into Marine Area 11 passed Dolphin Point another great south sound fishing location. There is a hole off the Southworth Ferry Terminal that holds fish too; however anglers are advised to keep car of any ferry traffic.
Why not open most of the summer season there has been a limited fishery recently for summer chinook that have fin clipped adipose fin. This fishery occurs in July and last one-two weeks or until the 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 you’re trolling speed and concentrate fishing the 100-120ft. Depths with your riggers fishing depth at 40-70ft.
Coho fishing picks up here in August and peaks in September. Work the tide rips and off the points which all can produce good coho fishing.