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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 29, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Marine salmon fishing ends in one area while two more open beginning Saturday

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Winter chinook — better known as blackmouth for their dark gumline — fishing in northern Puget Sound closes after Friday, Nov. 30, and places like Possession Bar were off the charts.

“Possession Bar’s east and west sides are really good for fish mostly 6 to 8 pounds,” said Pete Sergeef, who fished aboard the state Fish and Wildlife Department’s boat on Wednesday. “We also got a chinook on our first pass at Point No Point that was almost legal size (minimum of 22 inches).”

Many anglers will shift their focus to the San Juan Islands and eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca off Port Angeles, which opens Saturday, Dec. 1 for hatchery chinook.

Chinook fishing remains open through Jan. 31 in central Puget Sound, where action at Jefferson Head has been decent.

The southern portion of central Puget Sound at Manchester, Allen Bank off Blake Island and Southworth is spotty despite schools of herring baitfish — one of the main food sources for salmon.

Other marine areas still open for hatchery chinook are the southeast side of Whidbey Island, Saratoga Pass, south-central Puget Sound and Hood Canal.

The Tengu Derby in Elliott Bay on Sunday lured 32 anglers, and Bob Vick caught the only hatchery chinook, weighing 5 pounds, 14 ounces.

The season leader is Justin Wong with a 9-pound, 12-ounce hatchery chinook. The derby meets at daybreak every Sunday through Dec. 30 at Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle. Cost is $15. Details: 206-324-7600.

Another fun event is the Resurrection Winter Blackmouth Derby Dec. 7-8 in Friday Harbor, tickets are close to half sold out said Kevin Klein with the Fidalgo-San Juan Islands Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers.

The derby is hosted by the Fidalgo-San Juan Islands Chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers and the final event in the Northwest Salmon Derby Series.

Cost is $400 with a limit of four anglers per boat and a limit of 100 teams.

First place prize is $10,000, and second wins $2,500. There is also a $1,000 prize for total team weight, and a free 2013 entry for the winner of the Mystery Fish prize.

All net proceeds from the derby which is staffed by club and community volunteers will go directly towards salmon enhancement projects.

Last year’s proceeds of nearly $7,000 were donated to the Glenwood Springs Salmon Hatchery in Eastsound on Orcas Island.

Tickets for the Resurrection Derby at Friday Harbor are now available. For more information, visit the Resurrection Derby website.

(Photo courtesy of George Harris, president of the NMTA)

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