The hatchery-marked chinook salmon fishery in northern and central Puget Sound (Areas 9 and 10) hasn’t been living up to expectations with just a few good days peppered here and there since it opened July 16.
Mark Baltzell, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist who monitors the fishery gave me the catch lowdown and this is what he had to say:
“Catches have not been great,” Baltzell said. “Right now we are at about (a catch of) 1,650 hatchery chinook in Area 9 and 1,450 in 10. So catches are holding OK in Area 10, and have been down historically in Area 9.”
Toby Black who mans the state Fish and Wildlife test fishery boat in Area 9 has been doing OK, but it is spotty.