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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 2, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Resident coho a “no show” in early central and northern Puget Sound opener

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(Christine Wilmsen with a pair of nice coho caught two years ago in early summer off Jefferson Head)

Funny how each summer salmon fishing season can be so different.

One good example is the central and northern Puget Sound early coho fishery, which opened on Monday (July 1), and so far all the charters were having a hard time locating them.

Over the course of the past four summers this has been an excellent fishery, one that not only charters but private boat anglers could count on before the hatchery king fishery opens July 16.

“It has been tough fishing for coho, and some of the roughest I have seen in several years to this point,” said Captain Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett. “It was been a couple of coho per boat at best and a very spotty start to the fishery.”

In fact it has been so scratchy that some of the charters have reverted to catch and release chinook fishing, as there appears to be a good amount of migrating summer kings around in both Areas 9 and 10 (central and northern Puget Sound) according to Krein.

“The coho have been a real staple around here before the king fishery opens, and has been a lights out fishery for the past four years,” Krein said. “Let’s hope we eventually find them soon.”

Most boats since it opened on Monday have been searching for coho off Jefferson Head, Kingston, Possession Bar, Pilot Point and Point No Point.

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