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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 28, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Schools of pinks still the top choice in most of Puget Sound

The pink salmon action in central Puget Sound remains very good, but those up along the east side of Whidbey Island were finding a hard time.

“We did two trips (on Tuesday) and had 24 fish by 11 a.m., and got 19 more in three hours of fishing in the afternoon right out in front of Shilshole Bay,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Shilshole Bay. “Some days it starts right off the gate at daybreak, and other days it is 9 or 10 a.m.  You just have to hang in there, and I am convinced the bite will come on.”

On the downside those fishing in the Mukilteo south to Shipwreck-Possession Point boundary have struggled for pinks as a tribal purse seine commercial fishery has been ongoing.

“That area has been getting hammered by commercial nets, which weren’t there in years past, and their even fishing on the weekends,” Krein said.

Krein says there are also quite a few coho mixed into the catch as well.

“Some guys I know are coming up with 10 coho a day and the best catch seems to be more at places like West Pointa and up by Edmonds,” Krein said. “All you need to do is speed up the troll a little bit, and go with white or light green hootchie (plastic squid) which will increase your odds for coho.”

Locally, catches of pinks and some coho have been good in front of Edmonds Marina; Meadow Point to West Point near Shilshole Bay; Browns Bay; Jefferson Head; Possession Bar; and Alki Point south to Tacoma. Elliott Bay is open daily for pinks starting Friday, and fishing has picked up.

Pier and beach anglers were hooking pinks at Lincoln Park off West Seattle, Golden Gardens, Elliott Bay piers, Dash Point Pier, Browns Point, Deception Pass, Point No Point, Des Moines, Redondo and west side of Whidbey Island.

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