Opportunity exists for strong salmon fishing before stormy weather takes hold
So far, plenty of action in central Puget Sound is a strong indicator for overall region
Seattle Times staff reporter
Plenty of fish are milling in local waterways, and millions of razor clams are tucked under the sandy coastal beaches.
Now all we need to hope for is a window of opportunity between the expected rainy and windy weather coming our way in the next few days.
Marine salmon anglers are gearing up for the Friday hatchery chinook opening in northern Puget Sound, and a good indicator has been the stellar action happening to the south in central Puget Sound.
“It has been very consistent between Jefferson Head and Kingston this entire month for some blackmouth (a term used for chinook by their distinct black gumline) and chum,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett.
“We haven’t heard from anyone that has scouted out North Sound, but given the good action to the south and a stellar opener last year, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some great fishing again,” Krein said.
The chum fishing also has been notably better than usually, and while these fish are notoriously stubborn biters in the saltwater, that hasn’t been the case this fall season.
Good chum action has come from Kingston to Jefferson Head, and south from Blake Island down to Olympia and nearby estuaries.
Those include the Chico Creek estuary where last Sunday 42 anglers caught 20 chum; and Hoodsport in Hood Canal also gave up 27 chum for 30 anglers. Other good areas are Kennedy Creek in Totten Inlet; Johns Creek in Oakland Bay; Curly Creek estuary near Southworth; North Bay near Allyn; Perry Creek in Eld Inlet; Whatcom Creek in Bellingham; McLane Creek; Eagle Creek south of Potlatch State Park; and the public-access shores off Highway 101 from Eldon to Hoodsport.
The Tengu Derby began last Sunday in Elliott Bay, and 24 anglers managed to catch just two salmon. The winner was Dennis Wong with a 5-pound, 1-ounce chinook, and second went to Marcus Nitta with a 4-pound, 8-ounce coho.
The derby is held from daybreak to 11 a.m. every Sunday through Dec. 29 at the Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle. Cost is $15, and $5 for children under age 12. Rental boats are $65, and $85 for boat and motor. Details: 206-324-7600.
Barring any stormy weather and high surf, coastal razor clam diggers should expect easy digging Friday at Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Saturday at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Sunday and Monday at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Tuesday at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; and Nov. 6-8 at Long Beach.
More digs are tentatively planned for Nov. 15-16 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Nov. 17 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; and Nov. 18-20 at Long Beach. Final approval will be announced a week before.
|Marine areas||Fair to good for coho and chinook at Sekiu, Port Angeles and San Juan Islands, which close after Thursday. The San Juan Islands and eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca reopen for salmon on Dec. 1. Slow to fair for coho from Mukilteo to Browns Bay. Most of Puget Sound is open for Dungeness crab fishing through Dec. 31, but no recent reports of success. Good squid jigging off the Seattle waterfront, Edmonds Pier and Des Moines Pier.|
|Statewide rivers||Good for coho and chinook in the Lower Klickitat. Fair to good for coho and chinook in the Cowlitz, Lewis and Kalama. Still fair at times for coho in the Snohomish, Skykomish, Cascade, Stillaguamish and Skagit, and off and on in the Green and Puyallup. Fair to good for chinook, coho or chum in the Humptulips, Clearwater, Queets, Wynoochee, Lower Hoh, Bogachiel and Sol Duc. Slow to fair for coho in the Chehalis and Satsop. A few kings caught in the Lower Columbia. Good in The Dalles Pool for kings and in Bonneville Pool for coho. Upper Columbia, Wenatchee, Icicle, Methow and Okanogan are open for hatchery steelhead.|
|Statewide lakes||In Jefferson County, Gibbs was planted with 191 trout on Oct. 22, and Leland got 2,000 on Oct. 17. In Mason County, Lost got 2,430 on Oct. 11, and Nahwatzel received 1,205. Beaver Lake in Sammamish was planted with 1,106 trout Oct. 14. Morton Lake near Covington received 1,000 trout in early October; Spencer near Shelton, 4,400; Island near Shelton, 2,180; Green in North Seattle, 5,088; Meridian east of Kent, 3,132; and Silver off the Everett-Bothell Highway, 2,215.. About 75,000 large rainbow trout are being planted in 33 local lakes, and additional plants will occur next month. Fair for trout at Goodwin, Pass, Blackman’s and Lone. To view the fish stocking, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/. Good for perch off the docks in Lake Washington at Mount Baker, Leschi, Kenmore, Madison Park, Renton, Mercer Island and Seward Park.|
Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or email@example.com