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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 5, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Chum salmon fishery turning out to be excellent fall opportunity

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The fall chum salmon fishery in southern Puget Sound and Hood Canal has really ramped up in the past few days with action being very good.

As reported in a blog over the weekend a story by the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission reported that a tribal test fishery conducted near Kingston in October and November revealed the run is stronger, which is good news for all fishermen who pursue these late arriving fish.

The preseason forecast in southern Puget Sound was about 200,000 chum, but fisheries managers have updated the run size estimate to 550,000.

To give a perspective on just how good the chum action is one needs to just take a look at the state Fish and Wildlife fish checks:

Hoodsport shoreline, Hood Canal — Oct. 31: 26 anglers caught 20 chum; Nov. 2: 56 anglers caught 106 chum; Nov. 3: 71 anglers caught 97 chum; Nov. 4: 38 anglers caught 85 chum.

Kennedy Creek estuary in Totten Inlet — Oct. 29: 41 anglers caught 31 chum; Nov. 1: 26 anglers caught 20 chum; Nov. 3: 25 anglers caught eight chum.

McLane Creek estuary near Olympia — Oct. 29: Five anglers caught no fish.

(Photo by Alan Berner, The Seattle Times staff photographer)

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