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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

San Juan Islands good one day for salmon and lousy the next

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Here is the latest San Juan Island fishing report from Kevin Klein, member of the San Juan Island Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers:

Salmon fishing has been pretty hit and miss in the San Juans. Seems like there will be a good report from one area, and the next day nothing. I’ve managed one 10-15lber every time out, and luckily no dogfish.

These arches you may be seeing on your sonar at 40′ are Sockeye. I’ve seen a few jumpers come up and land on their sides. Some of the more popular places in the ‘Juans have just been hammered with too many boats in one small area and a sensory overload of flashers spinning over the fish. Get away from the crowds and try a different spot.

A couple buddy’s who happened to be cameraless caught 26.5 and 28.5lb Kings right outside Friday Harbor Sunday morning. Certified legit on the digital lie detector. Went back in the afternoon and the fish were gone.

You just need to be at the right place at the right time and intersect with a school of big fish on the tide. Having caught nothing but ‘teeners so far, I’m itching for a reel screaming, line buning, forearm pumping 30 lb ‘Nookie fight!

(Photo courtesy of Kevin Klein)

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