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Anglers off to a good start on hatchery chinook fishery

A check from the Edmonds Marina last Thursday showed six boats with nine anglers landing nine chinook, and Friday two boats with five anglers came home with four.


Seattle Times staff reporter

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The northern Puget Sound hatchery chinook fishery started off on a high note when it opened last Thursday, and the action hasn’t let up since then.

“We fished Saturday and caught eight legal-size (chinook over the 22-inch minimum size limit) fish,” said Pete Sergeef, who fished aboard the state Fish and Wildlife test fishery boat. “Possession Bar, Pilot Point and Point No Point were all good places.”

A check from the Edmonds Marina last Thursday showed six boats with nine anglers landing nine chinook, and Friday two boats with five anglers came home with four. Elsewhere fairly good catches also came from Double Bluff off the south side of Whidbey Island and Midchannel Bank off Port Townsend.

“We’ve gotten some really good reports with fish scattered all across Area 9 (northern Puget Sound) and our boats have averaged six to eight keeper-size fish per trip through Monday,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters of Everett.

Anglers reported seals remain a problem throughout Puget Sound, and were getting “free meals” by stealing hooked fish.

The northern Puget Sound hatchery chinook fishery remains open through April 15.

Central Puget Sound is open through Jan. 31, and has been fair at times off Kingston, Edmonds oil dock-Richmond Beach area, Shil­shole Bay, Jefferson Head, Allen Bank off Blake Island, Manchester and Southworth.

The eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca off Port Angeles and the San Juan Islands are the other hot spots for winter hatchery chinook.

Checks from the Ediz Hook boat launch at Port Angeles have shown close to a fish per boat average this past week, with most coming from the humps and Winter Hole.

In the San Juan Islands try the eastern Rosario Strait area, President’s Channel off Orcas Island, Tide Point off Cypress Island, Thatcher Pass, and Point Thompson to Lawrence Point.

Coastal razor clam digging was excellent Jan. 15-16 with most diggers getting their 15-clam daily limit, but then success dropped off Friday to Saturday.

More digs are also planned Jan. 30-31, Feb. 2 and Feb. 27-28 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; Feb. 1 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks and Copalis; Jan. 29 at Twin Harbors and Long Beach; and Jan. 28 and Feb. 26 at Twin Harbors.

Fishing Report
Location Comment
Marine riversThe winter steelhead fishery is turning out to be a bust across western Washington. Just a few rivers produced fish of late, including the Quinault, Bogachiel, Calawah, Cook Creek, Lower Hoh, Cowlitz, Skykomish at Reiter Ponds, Snoqualmie and Tokul Creek. The Cascade, Nooksack and North Fork Stillaguamish are closed until Jan. 31. Steelhead fishing remained spotty in the Wynoochee, Satsop, Sol Duc and Washougal.
Biting: MaybeRating: 1 stars
Marine areasVery slow for hatchery chinook off Camano Head, Hat Island, Elger Bay and Columbia Beach. South-central Sound and Hood Canal reopen for salmon Feb. 1, and Sekiu reopens Feb. 16. Slow to fair squid jigging at Edmonds, A-Dock at Shilshole Bay, Des Moines, Seacrest in West Seattle and the downtown Seattle waterfront piers. Fair fly-fishing off southern Puget Sound shorelines for resident cutthroat, coho.
Biting: YesRating: 2 stars
Statewide lakesPlanted trout are biting inthe Green in North Seattle; Flowing, Blackman’s and Goodwin in Snohomish County; and American in Pierce County. Fair to good for cutthroat in Lake Sammamish, and fair in Lake Washington off the I-90 bridge, south end of Mercer Island and Rainier Avenue near Renton. Lake Roosevelt is good for trout.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars

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



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