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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Good hatchery chinook fishing found at Possession Bar during today’s North Sound opener

Those who headed out for the opening day of chinook fishing in northern Puget Sound were greeted with nice weather and calm seas, and some decent fishing action.

“There are fish at Possession Bar, and I wouldn’t say it was slam dunk,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett. “There was about a dozen boats out today, and most of them had at least one or two hooks ups.”

The Tin Shed on the west side of Possession was the best bet with one source I had keeping a 7 and 9 pound hatchery chinook with a total of five legal-size fish to the boat and lots of shakers up to 20 inches.

Other good reports in recent days have come from Jefferson Head, and more Intel should be known later this weekend as two major derbies are being held.

The Bayside Marine Salmon Derby in Everett, part of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series, is this weekend (Nov. 3-4). Cost is $30. For details, go to the Bayside Marine website.

The mainly private Grady White Owners Salmon Derby is this weekend as well.

Marine hatchery chinook fishing reopened from Saratoga Pass down the southeast side of Whidbey Island (Marine Catch Areas 8-1 and 8-2) and northern Puget Sound (9).

Also look for hatchery chinook at Allen Bank off Blake Island, Point No Point, Southworth, Double Bluff off Whidbey Island, Midchannel Bank off Port Townsend, Browns Bay, Onamac Point, Camano Head and Elger Bay.

Those areas join central Puget Sound (10) and south central Puget Sound (11), which opened earlier and were producing fair to good catches of hatchery chinook.

Reports also show a fair number of chinook off the Clay Banks at Point Defiance in Tacoma.

The Tengu Derby in Elliott Bay began Sunday, and 31 anglers managed to catch two hatchery chinook.

Current derby leader is Steve Nitta with a 7-pound, 15-ounce chinook, and second is Chuck Hammer with a 7-1 chinook.

The derby meets from daybreak to 11 a.m. every Sunday through Dec. 30 at the Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle. Cost is $10. Details: 206-324-7600.

Hood Canal (12) and southern Puget Sound (13) are also open for salmon, but action is spotty.

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