Dungeness Bay is vast and has multiple contour lines that hold bait which in turn attracts blackmouth. The yellow lines above are a small example of trolling paths anglers can take in search of blackmouth. This area is also a meca for halibut fishing because of the amount of bait that moves in and out with tides. Very few anglers fish here and instead drive over the top of bait and hungry blackmouth while en route to more known areas like Eastern Bank. The few anglers that fish here have the vast area to themselves.
Either tide works here and enables anglers to explore and discover another great area close to Sequim. Like every other area the key is finding bait and working that bait. The “Dog Leg” shown above and outlined in yellow is an example of where to begin looking for bait before dropping your gear. If you don’t find bait move on and continue searching the area until you find some bait. Once found drop your gear and begin trolling. Mooching and jigging works well here too, especially when you find the bait.
It’s a bit harder to follow contour lines here so stay alert and adjust your downriggers often to keep your gear within 20 feet of bottom.
Best Tides: high or low
Best depths: 100 to 140-feet.
Best methods: trolling within 10 to 20-feet of bottom.
Best trolling lures: mini FAT Squids, Squiddy Squids, Coho Killers, Kingfisher Spoons and Floochies.
Mooching & Jigging: both techniques work well here.
Boat launches: Best access is from John Wayne Marina in Sequim.