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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 16, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Hatchery king opener was good in North and Central Puget Sound

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(A nice hatchery king caught by Seattle Times photographer Mark Harrison on the opening day in northern Puget Sound.)

The first day of the hatchery chinook fishery started off on a high note in northern Puget Sound and to a somewhat lesser degree in central Puget Sound.

“Midchannel Bank (at Port Townsend) was lights out for kings,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Shilshole Bay. “It was unbelievable fishing and heard it rivaled Sitka (Alaska).”

“I fished Possession Bar, and we saw about a dozen fish caught, and it wasn’t stellar and not as good as last year’s opener.”

In central Puget Sound, there was some king caught, and most of the charters were trolling off Jefferson Head in the shipping lanes for smaller-sized coho.

“I was at Richmond Beach, and there was some kings caught,” said Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon Guide in Seattle.

The state Fish and Wildlife checker at Shilshole Bay’s Eddie Vine boat launch reported she had 60 chinook for 68 boats, which is a pretty good number of fish. Those came from Richmond Beach, the Trees area, Jefferson Head and Possession Bar.

“I saw three resident coho and three kings for 11 boats, and one boat had two kings from Possession Bar,” said Pete Sergeef, a state Fish and Wildlife checker at the Don Armeni ramp in West Seattle. “I was surprised by the lack of boats for the opener and expected to see more.”

The state Fish and Wildlife test boat fished between Pilot Point and Point No Point going five for seven on kings, and the central Sound test boat landed one king and lost a few more.

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