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April 7, 2014 at 4:35 PM

San Juan Islands and Port Angeles hatchery chinook catch ramps up dramatically

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(Cameron Wilson caught this blackmouth while trolling with dad Bob, near Friday Harbor. Cameron leads the kid’s division in the Wilson Derby, founded in honor of his Grandfather, Frank. Photo courtesy of Kevin Klein.)

The San Juan Island salmon fishery looks like it will go out with a bang heading into the final weeks.

Here is the latest fishing report from Kevin Klein, a member of the Friday Harbor Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers:

“Silver Horde Tailwagger’s have been the go to lately in the San Juan’s. We’re starting to see some Spring/Summer fish, and some larger bait,” he said. “The big Chinook like the ‘Wagger! The “Resurrection” color has been hot, which is a relief, ’cause I designed it.”

“Troll one 46″ behind an 11″ Q-Cove County Cop “Feel-X” flasher. These fish may not be right on the bottom now, but a bit more suspended. If you see a mark on the sounder, don’t be afraid to go for it.”

Klein says the leader board is changing fast in the Frank Wilson Memorial Blackmouth Derby.

After Chuck Payne weighed a 20.87 pound chinook on April Fool’s day to move into second, third place changed hand’s four times in two days over the weekend. This is the final week of the 10 week long derby. Last day to weigh a fish is Sunday, April 13th. The weigh in ends at 3p.m. that day. Award’s ceremony is at 4p.m. at King’s Marine.

Here’s the derby’s leaderboard:

1. Brenda Schmidt 21.33

2. Chuck Payne 20.87

3. Don Wilson 16.32

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(Chuck Payne takes over second place with a dandy hatchery fish. Photo courtesy of Kevin Klein.)

4. Carol Holman 16.11

5. Bob Wilson 15.79

6. Erol Turanciol 15.20

7. Justin Nibler 14.66

8. Kevin Klein 14.19

9. Joe Crisanti 11.92

10. John Jackson 11.66

One look at the checks from the Port Angeles area shows anglers hooking into some pretty good success this past weekend. On Sunday, a fish check at the Ediz Hook boat ramp at Port Angeles showed 20 boats with 37 anglers caught 23 chinook; on Saturday 21 boats with 36 anglers caught 23 chinook; and on Friday, 23 boats with 45 anglers caught 29 chinook.

Other marine areas the chinook bite as been fair to good include Freshwater Bay; Sekiu; Hood Canal; Port Townsend; Point No Point; Double Bluff off south side of Whidbey Island; Pilot Point; and Possession Bar. Spotty action for salmon in the Tacoma area; south of the Narrows Bridge; eastside of Whidbey Island; and Saratoga Pass.

Salmon fishing is open from Sekiu to Port Angeles through April 10; San Juan Islands, Hood Canal, and south-central and southern Puget Sound through April 30; and northern Puget Sound through April 15.

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