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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 1, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Early signs look good for marine hatchery chinook opener at least in one place

I didn’t get many reports from the northern Puget Sound hatchery chinook opener, but the one I got was well worth noting.

Pete Sergeef onboard the state Fish and Wildlife test fishing boat headed out this morning to Possession Bar, and managed to find some decent winter chinook fishing.

“We ended up with three legal-sized hatchery fish, and the biggest of the day was 6 pounds,” Sergeef said. “We got all three (and one wild shaker chinook) on the Tin Shed drift off Possession.”

“We saw some other boats catch fish when we started off first thing in the morning on the west side of the bar, but didn’t see much action,” Sergeef said. “We marked some baitfish, but it was sporadic.”

Sergeef says they caught their fish on spoons and flasher, and didn’t catch anything on plugs. Other were using hootchies (plastic squids) too. Try at depths of 130 to 150 feet with baitfish tight on bottom.

Other places worth looking at are Point No Point (lots of chum in the area), Midchannel Bank, Camano Head, Elger Bay, Onamac Point, Langley/Columbia Beach areas, Double Bluff, Browns Bay and Pilot Point. Don’t be surprised if you come across some late coho and schools of chum too.

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