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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 24, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Marine salmon area fishing heating up

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The marine waters of Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca have come alive for chinook salmon fishing in recent days, although some places like Possession Bar and the San Juan Islands are spotty.

The Everett Blackmouth Fishing Derby was held last weekend, and 249 anglers turned out and weighed in a total of 30 chinook.

“Each one of the top three fish all caught their fish in Saratoga Pass between Baby Island, Green Bank and Onamac Point,” said Woody Woods with the Everett Salmon and Steelhead Club hosts of the derby. “Two of the fish were caught on herring and another one was caught on a Silver Horde King Fisher Spoon.”

Derby results: 1, John Bullinger, 18.50 pound chinook, $3,000; 2, Norm Chiang, 14.29 chinook, $1,500; 3, Debbie Buse, 13.55 chinook, $500; 4, Steve Stout, 13.14 chinook, $250; 5, Dan Cave, 12.14 chinook; 5, Chad Kelly, 12.09 chinook; 6, Ken Reynolds, 11.55 chinook; 7, Paul Radish, 10.55 chinook; 8, Ryan DeLeuw, 9.64 chinook; 9, Shane George, 9.64 chinook; 10, Lance Husby, 9.49 chinook.

Further out in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca the exposed banks like Middle, Hein and Coyote banks are good, along with the Port Angeles area off the Humps and Winter Hole.

“Coyote Bank was good for us, and we hooked 10 fish and put six in the boat up to 16 pounds for two days of fishing,” said Tony Floor, the director of fishing affairs with the Northwest Marine Trade Association.

In the photo on this blog Dwight Jones from Elliott Bay Marina in Seattle, landed this 16-pound chinook last weekend at Coyote Bank in Area 6, which is a nonselective fishery. The Area 6 salmon fishery remains opens through April 10.

The western Strait of Juan de Fuca still remains the bright spot for chinook at Sekiu and Freshwater Bay.

A check from Olson’s Resort in Sekiu on March 21 showed four boats with 12 anglers caught seven chinook.

At the Ediz Hook ramp in Port Angeles on March 16 there was seven boats with 12 anglers that caught seven chinook; and March 18 saw 16 boats with 30 anglers who had caught 10 chinook.

The Octopus Salmon Derby was held last weekend at Henry Island in the San Juan Islands, and 38 anglers caught four chinook with the winning fish weighing 10 pounds.

The very popular Anacortes Salmon Derby that is sold out will be held this weekend, but fishing remains spotty in the San Juan Island chain.

Further in North Puget Sound fishing remains slow at Possession Bar, Point No Point and Midchannel Bank off Port Townsend.

The Hood Canal area was slow to fair off Misery Point and Pleasant Harbor. South-central Sound was slow in the Tacoma area.

There is some good smelt jigging at Oak Harbor Marina.

On the south central coast, if the weather allows folks to get out it is “really good for limits of rockfish and close to limits of lingcod up to 20 pounds,” said Larry Giese, owner of Deep Sea Charters in Westport.

(Photo courtesy of Tony Floor)

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