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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 24, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Hot pink fishing in Puget Sound, and lots of other salmon fishing activities to keep anglers busy

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The pink fishery has amped up to hot in recent days to go right along with the nice weather we’re finally seeing.

Anglers didn’t have to venture far to find them as places like Shilshole Bay, Alki Point south to Redondo Beach, Tacoma, Mukilteo, Whidbey Island and the Edmonds areas were all giving up some excellent pink fishing with many getting their limits in no time.

“It was on fire (Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 23-24), and we caught 18 pinks this morning to go along with our three silvers and once was a nice ocean one going about 9 to 10 pounds,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Shilshole Bay. “we fished right out in front of the marina and were back at the docks early.”

Some are saying this is shaping up to be not only an excellent pink fishery, but the coho are coming in strong right now as well.

“There are lots of fish (coho and pinks) coming through right now, and we’re already seeing a fair number of ocean coho, and the biggest I’ve seen is 14 ½ pounds,” said Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. “It looks like we are going to have a relatively good ocean coho season this year in Puget Sound, and the good news is these early returning fish will actually bite a bait.”

“Everybody is enthusiastic, and the tackle is flying out the door,” Chamberlain said. “The pinks are everywhere in the Skagit, Snohomish system, Skykomish and Puyallup.”

While there are a lot of pinks in the marin areas, Chamberlain says he doesn’t think it is as stellar as two years ago.

“I don’t think our saltwater pink fishing is quite as hot as past years,” Chamberlain said. “We have two things contributing to that and one is the rivers water levels are up higher than normal. And the water is cooler and lots of fish are entering the stream and not staging for very long in the saltwater.”

In other fishing related news the Samish is turning on for kings, the Lower Columbia has been very good for fall chinook and steelhead, and after cooling off the past couple of days the Buoy-10 salmon fishery at the Lower Columbia River mouth has picked right back up again this morning.

“We had a pretty good bite this morning above the (Astoria-Megler) bridge, and the bite lasted from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association who has been fishing in the area since this past Sunday.

“This morning we got our three (one-fish daily limit) of kings, and now we’re just looking around for some coho,” Floor said. “It has picked up from what it had been when we got that barometric pressure change on Monday.”

(Photo by Mark Yuasa of Tony Floor with a 25-plus pound king caught just below the Astoria-Megler Bridge on Sunday)

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