Eastern Bank Salmon Fishing Map

Here's where I target salmon on Eastern Bank on high and low tides. Best depths range from 90 to 130 feet. During an outgoing tide the bait will move into deeper water, so be aware of this and move west and be ready to drop your downrigger balls deeper if needed.

Here’s where I target salmon on Eastern Bank on high and low tides. Best depths range from 90 to 130 feet. During an outgoing tide the bait will move into deeper water, so be aware of this and move west and be ready to drop your downrigger balls deeper if needed.

Winter blackmouth fishing in Area 6 ends April 10th, giving everyone more than two weeks of prime fishing. Many of the area’s hatchery salmon have now grown past the 22-inch minimum size requirement and increased keep rates shown at Washington State Fish & Wildlife Creel Report.  << Click here to see the creel check. To say I fish lots would be a gross understatement. My boat, Salmon Seeker, sees lots of action on the water. At just 17 feet, with a Yamaha 70 horse four stroke it offers super affordable fishing. It takes just 3 to 6 gallons of gas for 90 percent of my salmon fishing adventures.

Lance Staub caught this nice blackmouth at Eastern Bank while trolling a Silver Horde #2 Kingfisher spoon.

Lance Staub caught this nice blackmouth at Eastern Bank while trolling a Silver Horde #2 Kingfisher spoon.

Yesterday, Friday March 13th I went salmon fishing on Eastern Bank for salmon. Eastern Bank sits in the middle of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and offers anglers one of the best areas to catch salmon and halibut. The bank’s sandy bottom attracts massive schools of candlefish as well as herring and other bait fish. Several good salmon fishing reports from Eastern Bank combined with calm seas made this a good choice to try.

Upon arriving at the bank, we got our first line in the water, a chrome dodger with a Silver Horde #2 green spatterback Kingfisher spoon on a 40-inch leader. The first salmon hit before getting the second rod in the water. The area showed small schools of candlefish hovering on bottom as well as a few salmon working the bottom. I’ve fished Eastern Bank many times over the past few years and have always preferred fishing the southwest corner. This area attracts bait, salmon and halibut on incoming and outgoing tides. By 10:20 a.m. we had landed 10 salmon, of which only one was a hatchery keeper that measured 28 inches long. Right at 10:30, my rod that had my favorite old F4 Piscator flasher with a #2 cop car Kingfisher spoon jerked violently from the downrigger release. As soon as I grabbed the rod the fish thrashed its head, a clear indication a halibut grabbed my small spoon. No surprise there because my gear hovered within five feet off bottom, where candlefish and salmon were most active.

I lost a nice sized blackmouth and eventually landed this 25 inch hatchery blackmouth on Eastern Bank, while trolling an F4 Piscator flasher with a 40-inch leader and cop car colored #2 Kingfisher Silver Horde spoon.

I lost a nice sized blackmouth and eventually landed this 25 inch hatchery blackmouth on Eastern Bank, while trolling an F4 Piscator flasher with a 40-inch leader and cop car colored #2 Kingfisher Silver Horde spoon.

My first keeper hit a Silver Horde #2 cop car Kingfisher spoon trolled behind an F4 Piscator flasher on a 40-inch leader
My first keeper hit a Silver Horde #2 cop car Kingfisher spoon trolled behind an F4 Piscator flasher on a 40-inch leader

This nice sized 40-pound halibut grabbed a #2 cop car Kingfisher spoon.
This nice sized 40-pound halibut grabbed a #2 cop car Kingfisher spoon.

This 40-pound halibut grabbed my Kingfisher spoon.

This 40-pound halibut grabbed my Kingfisher spoon.

Fighting halibut on salmon gear, especially “Canadian style” knuckle buster reels can be a vigorous challenge. As you can imagine, the halibut fought hard all the way to the top, then flattened out on the surface, where I tried to remove the barbless hook from it’s jaw.

This halibut went crazy on the surface and gave me a saltwater shower.
This halibut went crazy on the surface and gave me a saltwater shower.

The halibut came to the surface and gave me a saltwater splash before heading back to the bottom.

The halibut came to the surface and gave me a saltwater splash before heading back to the bottom.

The 40 pound halibut wanted no part of me reaching toward its mouth and gave me a saltwater shower as it headed back to the depths. After the halibut going to the bottom twice, it finally tired enough for me to grab its tail and remove the hook before sending it on its way. In past years I’ve caught halibut in Canada on my birthday, March 23rd, but never earlier than that date. This is a good sign for our upcoming halibut season.

Eastern Region (MA 6-10)

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Here's where I target halibut on Eastern Bank.

Here’s where I target halibut on Eastern Bank.

Here’s where I target halibut on Eastern Bank during high and low tides.

All totaled, our Friday the 13th fishing trip to Eastern Bank provided us with 13 salmon to the boat, two of which had missing adipose fins and measured well over the 22-inch minimum size limit. We also lost a nice sized salmon and released the nice sized halibut.

When we first arrived at the bank the tidal flow was weak and incoming. Our best action happened during the incoming right through slack tide. When the tide turned and flowed out we stayed in the same area and continued to catch salmon, including one of the keepers. Whether fishing for salmon or halibut, Eastern Bank can provide excellent fishing on the southwest side.

My favorite Kingfisher spoon is the green glow spatterback. The halibut went for the cop car colored spoon. All of these spoons work great, but the greens work best for salmon on Eastern Bank.

My favorite Kingfisher spoon is the green glow spatterback. The halibut went for the cop car colored spoon. All of these spoons work great, but the greens work best for salmon on Eastern Bank.

About John L. Beath

John Beath is a writer, photographer, videographer, blogger, tackle manufacturer & Captain at Whaler's Cove Lodge in Southeast Alaska. He is also owner of www.halibut.net and host at Lets Talk Outdoors @ www.youtube.com/jbeath
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