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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 9, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Pink salmon run still coming in strong to Puget Sound

Don’t think the pink run has faded away just yet.

Catches in a Canadian purse seine fishery on the north side of the Strait of Juan de Fuca were pretty good over the weekend.

“They had a 9,000 fish day on Saturday, and we are still seeing strong pink catches over the weekend, but they have dropped off a little since then,” said Kyle Adicks, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.

In the Strait of Juan de Fuca at places like Neah Bay, Sekiu and Port Angeles catches of pinks and coho has remained steady despite the deluge of rain that usually gets them in migratory mode and headed toward their natal river spawning grounds.

“The pinks are holding up out there, and there are still some nice sized coho showing up,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife creel sampler for the Strait. “Pinks are still the bulk of the catch.”

That an understatement as a check on Sunday from Olson’s Resort at Sekiu showed 87 boats with 360 pinks and 85 coho.

Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett is still finding very good fishing between West Point and Meadow Point off Shilshole Bay. He reports that it is 70 percent pinks to 30 percent coho in his catches.

Today by 11 a.m. Krein had three coho and six pinks in the cooler.

Other good spots for coho and pinks are Edmonds area, Possession Bar, Point No Point, both sides of Whidbey Island, Shipwreck to Mukilteo, Midchannel Bank, Elliott Bay and Jefferson Head.

The pink lining not only goes from the marine areas but clear up into many Puget Sound rivers now.

“Everyday I’m hearing of more coho moving into the rivers [like the Snohomish system] and this morning [Sept. 9] there was a good coho bite in front on Edmonds,” said Bryan Nelson at Three Rivers Marine and Tackle in Woodinville. “There are lots of pinks all over the river systems like the Snohomish, Stillaguamish, Green, and Skagit. [A friend] was down on the Puyallup and pink fishing was really good.”

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