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October 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Resident chinook fishery begins to amp up in local marine waters

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While many are chasing coho in the saltwater and local rivers, there will be some anglers who’ll partake in the chinook fisheries opening in some marine areas.

“We’ve got some blackmouth (a term used by anglers for the black gumline of a chinook) fisheries that have opened up although not many have gotten out since the weather has been terrible,” said Mike Chamberlain, owner of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood.

In the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Sekiu to Port Angeles anglers through Oct. 31 may keep chinook, coho, pinks and chums with a two salmon daily limit and only one may be a chinook.

The San Juan Islands are open through Oct. 31 for chinook, hatchery coho, pinks and chums with a two salmon daily limit and only one may be a chinook.

The east side of Whidbey Island is open for coho only, but beginning Nov. 1 through April 30, anglers may keep hatchery chinook with a two salmon daily limit.

Northern Puget Sound is open for coho only through Oct. 31, and from Nov. 1-30 anglers may keep hatchery chinook with a two salmon daily limit.

Central Puget Sound is open for hatchery chinook through Jan. 31, and a two salmon daily limit.

Target fish at Kingston, Jefferson Head, Richmond Beach to Edmonds oil dock, West Point south of Shilshole Bay, Southworth, Rich Passage, Allen Bank off Blake Island, east side of Bainbridge Island, Point Monroe, Shilshole Bay and Manchester area.

South-central Puget Sound is open for chinook through Oct. 31, and a two salmon daily limit. Then from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31 only one chinook may be kept in a two salmon daily limit.

Good places to try are just outside of Gig Harbor, Redondo Beach, Point Evans, Clay Banks off Point Defiance Park and Point Dalco off the south side of Vashon Island.

Southern Puget Sound is open for chinook through Oct. 31, and a two salmon daily limit, but anglers must release wild coho. Then from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31 only one chinook may be kept in a two salmon daily limit.

Anglers should check the regulation pamphlet for specific regulations and what you may or may not keep.

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