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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 7, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Hit and miss in Puget Sound for salmon, but should pick up again very soon

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(Vern Olson of Kirkland with a nice hatchery king he caught mooching a cut-plug herring. Photo courtesy of Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon Guide in Seattle.)

In the Puget Sound region, the first wave of salmon that arrived a few weeks ago seemed to have moved on during the rainy weather change late last week, but should pick up again very soon.

“For the most part it is slow, and we are getting a few kings, resident coho and pinks off Jefferson Head and Richmond Beach, but just not like it had been,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Shilshole Bay.

“In the Seattle area it typically peaks for pinks around Aug. 8-10,” Krein said. “I know they were catching the pinks off the beach at Bush Point (on west side of Whidbey Island) so they’re coming.”

Places worth trying are the Edmonds Oil Docks, West Point south of Shilshole Bay, Kingston, Presidents Point, Point Monroe, Yeomalt Point on Bainbridge Island, Lincoln Park to Brace Point, Dolphin Point off Vashon Island, Southworth, Allen Bank off Blake Island, Colvos Passage, entrance to Gig Harbor, Point Evans, Point Robinson, Redondo Beach, Three Tree Point, Point Dalco off south side of Vashon Island and Point Defiance Park area in Tacoma.

Pete Sergeef, a state Fish and Wildlife checker at the Don Armeni ramp in West Seattle says the salmon fishing seems to remain off and on at midweek.

“It has been pretty slow, and nothing to write home about,” said Sergeef, although he managed to catch a couple of fish on Tuesday. “I heard that West Point had a few fish and was good on Monday.”

“We seem to be at a point where the fish are not holding in one spot for very long, and are wanting to get toward their natal rivers,” Sergeef said. “A lot of the guys I see are still focusing on kings and not pursuing pinks or coho so most of those are caught incidentally. Being at the right place at the right time and getting lucky is how its been.”

 

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