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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 25, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Hatchery king fishery on right track in northern and central Puget Sound

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The hatchery king fishery in northern Puget Sound continues to produce some fairly good action at midweek.

I left Shilshole Bay at 4:30 a.m., and went against grain and fished Point No Point on a flood tide: PNP is best fished on an outgoing tide.

The water was very calm, and I was the only boat off the point along with about 10 shore anglers casting jigs and other gear.

I had three chances, and hooked and released a nice wild king about 15 pounds around 8 a.m. More boats arrived right after and it seemed slow when I left at 9:30 a.m. I’ve heard the mid-afternoon low tide change has produced some good fishing off PNP in recent days.

On the way back in I ran into Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett who was fishing with his clients off Pilot Point.

“We went three for five, and all the fish were kings,” Krein said. “It had been really slow (on Tuesday) everywhere.”

There was about 20 boats fishing off Kingston along with Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon Guide in Seattle who had just arrived. I’ll get an afternoon report from him and post how he did later today.

When I got back to the Shilshole Bay ramp, I chatted with Courtney Adkins, the state Fish and Wildlife checker, and she said the king action improved in the northern areas of central Puget Sound.

Pete Sergeef, the state Fish and Wildlife checker at the Don Armeni ramp in West Seattle reported it pretty quiet early this afternoon although some anglers reported a bunch of baitfish schools at Yeomalt Point and slow action at Dolphin Point off the east side of Vashon Island.

(Photo by Mark Yuasa, Seattle Times staff)

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