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Some good options for chum and blackmouth


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Central or northern Puget Sound.

Choose either or both marine areas, and you’ll likely find prime line-tugging action for a mix of salmon.

“Fishing was pretty good in Area 9 (northern Puget Sound), but surprisingly there weren’t many blackmouth and a lot of chums (normally finicky) were actually biting,” said Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon Guide, who fished in the Jacobsen’s Marine Grady White Invitational on Sunday.

The Jacobsen’s Invitational had 29 boats with 80 anglers that caught 33 fish. First place went to John Laws of Lynnwood with a 14.2-pound chum he caught off Possession Bar.

Other places producing good catches were Point No Point, Camano Head, Elger Bay, Saratoga Pass, Midchannel Bank at Port Townsend and Double Bluff off Whidbey Island.

In central Puget Sound, fishing remains fair to good for a mix of chinook, chum and coho at Jefferson Head and, to a slightly lesser degree, at Kingston.

Another big draw last weekend was the Everett Bayside Marine Salmon Derby.

“Very few people headed out (on Saturday), but they did manage to catch eight fish,” said Dan Hatch at Bayside Marine. “Sunday was better weather-wise, and we had a total of 58 fish for 164 anglers.”

Kaytheen Olson of Everett took first place with a10.36-pound coho she caught just south of Mukilteo and won a Yamaha outboard motor.

The Tengu Blackmouth Derby, one of the most challenging and longest running salmon derbies, was held this past Sunday in Elliott Bay, and 26 anglers caught four blackmouth and four chum.

“The top two blackmouth came deep off the west waterway with the other two coming from the Elliott Bay Marina,” said Doug Handa, the Tengu Derby Club president. “All of the chum were caught off the Red Roof area on Duwamish Head.”

The top fish in the Tengu Derby belonged to Benny Wong of Seattle, a 7-pound, 11-ounce chinook, which is now the largest on the season leader board. His son Justin Wong of Seattle took second place with a 5-14 chinook; and third was John Mirante with a 4-10 chinook.

The Tengu derby is held from daybreak to 11 a.m. every Sunday through Dec. 29 at the Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle. Details: 206-324-7600.

The Hoodsport shoreline in Hood Canal blossomed for chum this past week, and should continue as the run builds in the next few weeks.

A state Fish and Wildlife check showed 26 anglers last Friday caught 26 chum; and 57 anglers Saturday caught a whopping 110 chum.

Other good estuary spots for chum are off Kennedy Creek in Totten Inlet, Chico Creek estuary in Dyes Inlet, Johns Creek in Oakland Bay and Curly Creek estuary near Southworth. Also try for chum at 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.

Fishing Report
Location Comment
Coastal razor clamsLong Beach is open Thursday and Friday from noon to midnight each day, and should be very good for 15-clam daily limits. More evening digs are planned 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 about a week before. Additional dates: Nov. 30, Dec. 14 and Dec. 29-31 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 15-16 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Dec. 4 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; and Dec. 5-7 and Dec. 17-18 at Twin Harbors.
Biting: YesRating: 4 stars
Statewide riversGood for mostly coho at the Klickitat mouth. Fair to good for coho and a few chinook in the Cowlitz, Lewis and Kalama. Fair to good for coho in the Snohomish, Stillaguamish and Skagit. Off and on in the Green and Puyallup for either chum or coho. Fair to good for mix of salmon in the Humptulips, Clearwater, Queets, Wynoochee, Lower Hoh, Bogachiel and Sol Duc. Slow to fair for coho in the Chehalis and Satsop. Good in The Dalles Pool for chinook and steelhead, and in Bonneville Pool for chinook and coho. Upper Columbia, Wenatchee, Icicle, Methow and Okanogan are open for hatchery steelhead.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars
Westside lakesBlack in Thurston County was planted Oct. 25-28 with 2,990 trout; Kapowsin in Pierce County Oct. 28 with 2,800; St. Clair in Thurston County Oct. 25 with 708, and Gibbs Oct. 22 got 191; and Longs Oct. 29 got 330. Others planted last month were Lost in Mason County, 2,430 and Nahwatzel, 1,205; Beaver in Sammamish, 1,106; Morton near Covington, 1,000; 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. Also fair for trout at Goodwin, Pass, Blackman’s and Lone. For updated trout plants, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/. Fair to good for perch off the docks in Lake Washington. Good in Lake Washington and Sammamish for cutthroat trout.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars

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