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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 4, 2012 at 10:28 AM

State Fish and Wildlife test fishery boat finding kings in northern and central Puget Sound

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I was out salmon fishing yesterday morning (Friday, Aug. 3) off Richmond Beach, and while we fared much better than the other 30 or so boats out on the water it was the state Fish and Wildlife test fishery boat that caught our attention.

We thought our day of releasing one wild king about 18 pounds, and boating another 12 pound hatchery king was good, then we heard the test fishery boat trolling right by us hooked four chinook including two kings that topped 20 pounds and one was a keeper hatchery fish.

I heard that Toby Black and his crew in Area 9 on the test fishery boat earlier this week had some pretty good catches during two days on the water from Bush Point off westside of Whidbey Island, Craven Rock at Marrowstone Island and off Pilot Point off northwestern side of the Kitsap Peninsula. On one day they hooked and released 11 chinook, and on another trip they went five for six.

Here is a quick look at how they’ve been doing out on the water in Northern Puget Sound (Area 9):

July 16-29 on Week 30 they caught 21 hatchery marked chinook and two unmarked chinook, plus three undersized hatchery-marked chinook. On Week 31 they caught five hatchery-marked chinook and three unmarked chinook, plus one undersized hatchery-marked chinook and one unmarked chinook.

In all they caught 21 hatchery-marked chinook and six unmarked chinook for a 77.8 percent rate on marked fish.

Here is a quick look at how they’ve been doing out on the water in Central Puget Sound (Area 10):

July 16-29 on Week 30 they caught seven hatchery marked chinook, plus three undersized hatchery-marked chinook and one unmarked chinook. On Week 31 they caught three hatchery-marked chinook, plus six undersized hatchery-marked chinook and one unmarked chinook.

In all they caught 19 hatchery-marked chinook and two unmarked chinook for a 90.5 percent rate on marked fish.

(Photo by Mark Yuasa, Seattle Times staff reporter)

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