The Gig Harbor Puget Sound Angler’s fishing outing is Saturday 21 September at Grays Harbor (Westport) for inshore trophy chinook. After this weekend fishery goes to coho only.
Known affectionately to anglers who fish the place as Johns River, its located east of Westport Marine Area 2.2 East, just off the mouth of the Johns River in Grays Harbor.
Why does this tidal area produce such big fish? The Humptulips, Satsop, and Wynoochee rivers all empty into Grays Harbor and they’re all known big fish rivers. Grays Harbor is the transition zone from salt to fresh water for these salmon heading to these rivers.
This is a tide water fishery, meaning leave your downriggers at home, you’re fishing in water that runs 10-30 ft. deep. Most of the fish caught here are in 15 ft of water or less,
many times 8-10 feet.
Large cutplug herring is the ticket here. The normal fishing setup is a 3 to 6-oz. ball sinker on a 6-12 inch dropper to a 2-4 foot mono leader with 5/0-6/0 octopus hooks. The leader and dropper are mated together to a ball bearing swivel to make the connection.
Sometimes a little more attraction then the big herring is needed so use a Yakima Bait Fish Flash. These pyramid shaped flashers give a great flash in the water and have zero drag in the water
05:56 AM PDT Twilight begins
07:02 AM PDT Sunrise
08:19 AM PDT 0.38 feet Low Tide
09:40 AM PDT Moonset
02:46 PM PDT 9.35 feet High Tide
07:15 PM PDT Sunset
08:16 PM PDT Moonrise
08:21 PM PDT Twilight ends
08:53 PM PDT -0.78 feet Low Tide
Located at the foot of Wilson St. in the Marina District next to the USCG Station.
· 3 Lanes, 2 boarding floats
· Boat Trailer Parking Lot
· $5 daily round trip fee – Pay at Box
VHF Channel 68
If the winds are over 25 MPH trip is OFF!