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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 15, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Central Puget Sound chinook catch made up primarily of wild fish for those lucky to catch any at all

Ever since Central Puget Sound reopened for hatchery chinook at the start of this month it it has been tough going for anglers.

“We managed to get one legal-sized fish at the (Edmonds) oil dock around noon (Saturday, Oct. 15), but there are way more unmarked fish around,” said Pete Sergeef, with state Fish and Wildlife who fished aboard the test fishery boat. “It has been tough for many anglers including the charter operators.”

Charter operators have reported catching numerous shakers (chinook under the 22-inch minimum size limit) and the vast majority of legal chinook have all been unmarked, including a nice 15 pound wild chinook caught by Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charter in Everett at the oil dock on Friday.

Anglers have reported a few coho and chum in the catches off Jefferson Head, West Point, Kingston and Southworth. Coho fishing has been a little better in the Shipwreck to Mukilteo area, but mainly still on the slow side.

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