Freshwater Bay is by far one of the best areas to fish for winter blackmouth in Area 6. It is my favorite spot and offers scenic, relatively easy trolling because of the shoreline and well defined areas to fish. As you can see from the chart above, the yellow line shows the contour line that holds blackmouth. During heavy current flows anglers typically troll with the current. At the end of the troll pick up your gear and motor back to the start and begin the troll again. If the current is one knot or less you can easily troll both directions, but many anglers still choose to pick up gear and run back to the top of the troll.
Both tides, or current flows, will produce fish here. However, my favorite tide here is an outgoing flow. While most anglers end their troll before the sunken ship that shows on your GPS charts, I like to troll around the obstruction toward the buoy.
Best depths here range from 90 to 140-feet, but anglers can also catch fish closer to shore in 50 to 90-feet.
Best methods are trolling within 5 to 10-feet of bottom. Jiggers and moochers also do well here, especially when targeting bait schools.
Best trolling lures include Coho Killers, mini FAT Squids, Squiddy Squids, Kingfisher Spoons and Floochies.
Best Jigs include white Point Wilson Darts or Dungeness Stingers in 2 1/4 to 4 ounce sizes.
Boat launches: There’s a primitive launch at Freshwater Bay, but you need to watch the tides. Best access is from Ediz Hook launch or Port of Port Angles launch.