The big buzz this morning (Monday, July 16) wasn’t the cloudy and scattered showers around Puget Sound, but the very good hatchery king fishery opener in northern and central Puget Sound.
Midchannel Bank off Port Townsend was the biggest producer of kings with many anglers reporting limits of fish up to 25 pounds, and most averaging 8 to 15 pounds.
Further south, the morning king action off Point No Point on what should have been a good low tide was just slow to fair at best.
“I would say it was mediocre at best, but it was amazing how many boats were there,” said Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon Guide in Seattle who estimated about 100 to 150 boats clustered off Point No Point (PNP).
Robbins said he saw about six to eight fish caught, but he’s had some good catch-and-release days there since it opened July 1.
Due east of PNP is Possession Bar where it was also bumper to bumper boats, and the king bite early this morning was pretty good.
“It was very good, and we’ve had an incredible day of fishing,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett. “We’ve seen many other fish caught and lot of guys are doing very well.”
Krein said they had 12 hook-ups and landed six kings up to 21 pounds, and the biggest one was caught by Wayne Kruse, outdoor reporter for the Everett Herald.
In central Puget Sound, king fishing was slow to fair at Kingston, Jefferson Head, Point Monroe and West Point south of Shilshole Bay. No reports came from the Richmond Beach to Edmonds area, but that can produce kings as well.
The good news is the pesky dogfish bite at virtually all areas hasn’t been a problem.
(Photo by Mark Yuasa, Seattle Times staff reporter)