The northern Puget Sound hatchery Chinook fishery has been going pretty strong this month when the weather allows anglers to get out on the water, but time is running out as it comes to a close after Saturday, Nov. 30.
“We fished (Tuesday) but got blown off the water, and the seals have been a problem at Possession Bar, but there are fish to be caught at Double Bluff (on the south side of Whidbey Island) and Possession Bar,” said Pete Sergeef, a state Fish and Wildlife creel checker who fishes aboard the state’s test fishery boat.
“I haven’t heard much at Midchannel Bank, but over the weekend it was pretty good,” Sergeef said. “As far as Area 10 (central Puget Sound) we went down to try Eagle Harbor on Sunday and only got one fish and it was pretty slow for us. Jefferson Head was also putting out some fish.”
Other Chinook options are Camano Head; Elger Bay; Saratoga Pass; Allen Bank off the south side of Blake Island; and Southworth. Fishing has been spotty in the Tacoma area mainly off Point Defiance Park at the Clay Banks and Narrows area.
Those looking to jig up some smelt should try the Cornet Bay Pier on North Whidbey Island and the Oak Harbor Marina.
Northern Puget Sound is open through Saturday, Nov. 30 and reopens Jan. 16. The San Juan Islands reopen for salmon fishing beginning Sunday, Dec. 1, and has gotten off to a fast start in past winters.