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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 2, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Decent lingcod catches on Sunday opener in Puget Sound

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The lingcod fishery opened Sunday, and catches of the toothy creatures was very good.

“We got out (Sunday) and (Monday), and the lingcod fishing is as good as it gets,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett. “We had our lingcod and I know the other boats around us also were doing well too.”

“It appears there are some just barely legal fish, and others that are some barely legal-size (minimum size limit is 26 inches, and the maximum size limit is 36 inches) so that age class of lingcod seems to be very strong,” Krein said. “We released five lings that were an inch of being legal size.”

On Sunday, Krein’s clients kept eight lingcod, and landed 11 legal size fish, and released another dozen under sized ones.

“It looks like it be a fairly decent season for lingcod, and should be good for a week or two, and will then start to clam down as we run into the less dumber ones,” Krein said.

Here is a sample from the boat ramps on how anglers fared around Puget Sound for May 1 lingcod opener:

Don Armeni ramp in West Seattle — May 1: 34 boats with 85 anglers caught 36 lingcod and 34 flounder.

Shilshole Bay ramp — May 1: 30 boats with 71 anglers caught 21 lingcod and eight flounder.

Mukilteo ramp — May 1: 11 boats with 23 anglers caught 14 lingcod and one cabezon.

Everett ramp — May 1: 52 boats with 129 anglers caught 33 lingcod and eight cabezon.

Cornet Bay ramp, North Whidbey Island — May 1: 84 boats with 229 anglers caught 16 kelp greenling, 82 lingcod and seven cabezon.

Washington Park ramp, Anacortes — May 1: 30 boats with 80 anglers caught 30 kelp greenling, 44 lingcod and 13 cabezon.

Narrows Marina — May 1: 16 boats with 37 anglers caught nine flounder and three lingcod.

Zittels Marina — May 1: 13 boats with 36 anglers caught four flounder and five lingcod.

(Photo taken by Tony Floor)

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