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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 28, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Saltwater salmon fishing opportunities to blossom shortly

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The first of June is just a few days away, and that means it is time for saltwater salmon anglers to start paying attention to the waters of Puget Sound.

Two main bodies of water central [Area 10] and south-central Puget Sound [Area 11] opens June 1 for salmon.

Central Sound opens north of a line from Point Monroe to Meadow Point for salmon catch and release, and south-central Sound opens for hatchery-marked chinook.

Places like Tacoma off the Clay Banks, slag pile, Owen Beach and Point Dalco should be good spots to try for chinook.

“I haven’t heard much so I guess we’ll be shooting blind, but we’ll fish the typical spots like Kingston and Jeff Head looking for early fish that might be headed to places like Minter Creek Hatchery where some spring fish have already arrived,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett. “I think it will be early for summer fish yet.”

If you can’t wait the Edmonds Pier is open year-round for salmon as well as southern Puget Sound.

“The Edmonds Pier is turning out a few king salmon, and there was one a little over 10 pounds that was caught [Tuesday],” said Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood.

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The Tulalip Bubble Chinook Fishery opens June 5-19, and fishing is open Fridays through noon on Mondays only. Fishing is closed on June 20, and then reopens June 21-Sept. 7 on the same schedule.

Anglers should find some early mature chinook when it opens as the Tulalip Tribes have gone to an earlier timed run of hatchery fish.

One thing that hasn’t been resolved Krein points out is whether the Tulalip Tribes will have the crab pots in the water when the sport fishery opens.

“I have not talked to the tribes lately, but they had made an agreement to work with me on the weekend fishery and to talk about minimizing the conflict with crabbers and their pots in the water along the same trolling path the fishermen make,” Krein said.

“It is a big issue on that weekend fishery, and has been ongoing for the past two years,” Krein said. “The same thing happened last year when low and behold they were right in our troll path. I have called them a few times on this and, they have told me they’ve discussed it and haven’t made a decision. I need to know if they are going to help us out or not.”

The Tulalip Tribes also responded, and have pointed out that they’re aware of the situation.

“We are working in good faith on it [but] nothing solid has been worked out yet,” said Kit Rawson with the Tulalip Tribes fisheries office. “I doubt there will be any crab pots in on opening weekend. We understood the concern, and our managers are trying to make it work so there won’t be a conflict.”

Rawson says he plans to meet with his tribal fisheries leaders to discuss the matter in the coming week.

(Photos by Mark Harrison, Seattle Times staff photographer and Steve Zugschwerdt, Kitsap Sun)

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