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Cold snap doesn't dampen fishing prospects

Don't let the deep freeze chase you off the water. There are many species to catch, including chinook, trout and steelhead. Northern Puget Sound reopened...

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Don't let the deep freeze chase you off the water.

There are many species to catch, including chinook, trout and steelhead.

Northern Puget Sound reopened Wednesday for hatchery chinook, with good luck at places like Possession Bar, Double Bluff off Whidbey Island, Point No Point and Midchannel Bank off Port Townsend.

"There was a decent bite on Possession Bar, and it looked like just about everyone caught a fish, with some getting two or more," said Pete Sergeef, who fished Wednesday on the state Fish and Wildlife test boat.

Chinook fishing also remains very good in the San Juan Island region at Rosario Strait, Salmon Bank, McArthur Bank, the north side of Orcas Island, Spring Pass and President Channel.

Captain Derek Floyd, owner of Anglers Choice Fishing Charters, had a stellar day on the exposed sections of the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, hooking 20 chinook and keeping eight fish Tuesday on McArthur and Salmon banks.

The Roche Harbor Salmon Classic is Feb. 7-9, and there are still 20 spots open. Details: 360-378-5562.

On the southeastern side of Strait of Juan de Fuca, places like Protection Island, Freshwater Bay and Winter Hole off Port Angeles have been fair to good for chinook, 4 to 10 pounds.

Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association, released a 20-pound wild chinook off Protection Island Tuesday, and a 22 ½-pound hatchery fish was caught Wednesday at the same location.

Central Puget Sound is open through Jan. 31 and has been fair to good at Jefferson Head. Fishing is also fair in Saratoga Pass at Elger Bay, Baby Island and Foxes Spit. Southern Puget Sound is slow for salmon.

South central Puget Sound and Hood Canal reopen for salmon Feb. 1, and Sekiu in the western Strait on Feb. 16.

Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or myuasa@seattletimes.com

Fishing report
Location Comment
Marine areas "Squid jigging is pretty good with some getting 2 to 4 pounds, which is a lot of squid," said Jerry Beppu, owner of Linc's Tackle Shop, who says to try Pier 69 or Ferris wheel pier off the Seattle waterfront; Seacrest Pier in West Seattle; Pier 86 off Elliott Avenue West in Seattle; Des Moines Pier; and Edmonds Pier. Smelt jigging is good at Oak Harbor Marina and Cornet Bay on Whidbey Island.
Biting: Yes

Rating: 3 stars

Statewide rivers The hatchery on the Cascade has reopened for steelhead, and Brett Barkdull, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist, reports more fish are entering the fish trap daily so expect good action. The Nooksack is closed so the hatchery can meet spawning escapement, and reopens Feb. 1. Slow to fair for steelhead are Stillaguamish North Fork, Satsop, Wynoochee, Snoqualmie, Upper Skykomish, Cowlitz, Washougal, Bogachiel, Lower Hoh and Sol Duc. Slow for sturgeon, and freezing temperatures are the culprit in Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools.
Biting: Yes

Rating: 2 stars

Statewide lakes Recent trout plants: Fort Borst Pond (open for youth only) got 1,380; Klineline Pond, 3,440; Battle Ground Lake, 3,440; Kidney Lake, 1,058; Ice House Lake, 796; Little Ash Lake, 920; and Rowland, 92. Rufus Woods Reservoir is good for large-size trout. Locally, try for trout at Roesiger, Goodwin and Blackmans. Slow to fair for cutthroat in Lake Washington.
Biting: Yes

Rating: 3 stars

Coast razor clams Long Beach and Twin Harbors open Jan. 25-27, and Copalis and Mocrocks open Jan. 26. Digging will be open after noon each day. Low tides: Jan. 25, 0.0 feet at 5:44 p.m.; Jan. 26, -0.2 at 6:18 p.m.; and Jan. 27, -0.2 at 6:50 p.m..
Digging: Yes

Rating: 4 stars

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