The northern Puget Sound (Marine Catch Area 9) hatchery chinook fishery got underway on a good note today as anglers found good action off Possession Bar and Midchannel Bank off Port Townsend.
“We had one 6 pound hatchery chinook at Midchannel in the the morning, and then we took off for Eastern Bank (in eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), nut nothing seemed to be going and there wasn’t any feed (herring and candlefish baitfish schools),” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for Northwest Marine Trade Association in Seattle.
“We ran back to Midchannel, and put two more fish in the box, and there was a really good bite around 2 p.m. on the low (tide) current,” Floor said. “What few other boats were there also hooked fish, and they were in the 6 to 10 pound range. We should have limited out and had some chances.”
In the southern part of Area 9 at Possession Bar fishing was good early on, and then many anglers took off for places like Point No Point and Double Bluff off Whidbey Island.
“There was a decent bite on Possession Bar, and it looked like just about everyone caught a fish with some getting two or more,” said Pete Sergeef, state Fish and Wildlife sampler who fished aboard the fisheries test boat on Wednesday off the Tin Shed drift on Possession.
“The morning had some good activity, and a lot guys abot 30 boats were on the trolling ground.”
Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett was also on the bar, and didn’t characterize it as hot but good action.
Chinook fishing also remains very good in the San Juan Island region at Rosario Strait, Salmon Bank, McArthur Bank, the north side of Orcas Island, Spring Pass and President Channel.
Captain Derek Floyd, owner of Anglers Choice Fishing Charters had a stellar day on the exposed sections of the eastern Strait Juan de Fuca hooking 20 chinook and keeping eight fish Tuesday on McArthur and Salmon banks.
The Roche Harbor Salmon Classic is Feb. 7-9, and there are still 20 spot open. Details: 360-378-5562.
On the southeastern side of Strait of Juan de Fuca places like Protection Island, Freshwater Bay and Winter Hole off Port Angeles have been fair to good for chinook, 4 to 10 pounds.
On Tuesday, Floor’s group hooked and kept six hatchery chinook and released a huge 20-pound wild chinook off Protection Islandon Tuesday. Another 22 1/2 pound hatchery fish was also caught Wednesday at the same location.
Central Puget Sound is open through Jan. 31, and has been fair to good at Jefferson Head. Fishing is also fair in Saratoga Pass at Elger Bay, Baby Island and Foxes Spit. Southern Puget Sound is slow for salmon.
South central Puget Sound and Hood Canal reopen for salmon Feb. 1, and Sekiu in western Strait on Feb. 16.
(Photo courtesy of George Harris)