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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 3, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Coho moving into Puget Sound on the heels of a still excellent pink fishery

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It looks like the change in weather last night was just what the fish doctor needed as more larger-migrant coho have made it into Puget Sound.

“It was a pretty good morning, and we had a lot of action on some nice coho just inside of West Point on the north side,” said Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon Guide in Seattle. “We released two nice blackmouth [20 inchers], and we whacked three pinks and two coho in the 8 to 9-plus pound range. Plus, we lost another five fish.”

Robbins said all the charter fleet around Shilshole was getting coho mixed in with pinks, and the coho bite was good early.

Other places where a nice combo of pinks and coho continue to show are Meadow Point, Mukilteo south to Humpy Hollow (near Browns Bay), Edmonds area, Midchannel Bank, West Point, Jefferson Head, Elliott Bay, Possession Bar and both sides of Whidbey Island.

Don’t expect any solitude when fishing from shore or a beach, but decent pink shoreline spots are the Spokane Street Bridge, Lincoln Park in West Seattle, Dash Point down near Tacoma, Kayak Point, Edmonds Marina Pier, Seacrest Pier near Alki, Point No Point, Deception Pass, Meadowdale, Picnic Point, Possession Point on east Whidbey Island, and from Fort Casey to Bush Point on west Whidbey Island.

Also got an update down on the coast at Willapa Bay where chinook and coho fishing had picked up of late.

“Yesterday [Wednesday] was good at Willapa, and we did a couple of drifts at Washaway Beach today [Thursday] and got one coho really quick,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association who is spending a few days down there to help out with the Tokeland Marina Salmon Derby on Saturday, Sept. 5.

The best action has been inside the bay along the marker line by marker number 2, Floor said.

(Photo taken by Seattle Times staff photographer, Mark Harrison)

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