South central Puget Sound in the Tacoma area opened for hatchery chinook, and was surprisingly good for those who ventured out with an average of one fish for every seven boats.
“The early king fishing was decent, and the best spot the last few days has been around the Girl Scout Camp (in Colvos Passage),” said Art Tatchell, manager of the Point Defiance Park Boathouse in Tacoma. “Most are 8 to 13 pounds, and the biggest on the boar d is 12 pounds, 11 ounces, but the largest I’ve seen was a chrome-bright king just under 22 pounds.”
Other good spots were the Gig Harbor shoreline; Point Evans just north of Narrows Bridge; and the Clay Banks and the “Flats” off Point Defiance Park.
Elsewhere, the Edmonds Pier is open for salmon fishing, and anglers casting 2 to 2 ½ ounce Point Wilson and Dungeness Stinger jigs are hooking some chinook up to 18 pounds.
Central Puget Sound is open north of a line from Point Monroe to Meadow Point for salmon catch-and-release fishing. The Tulalip Bay terminal salmon fishery is also open Fridays to noon Mondays, but closed on June 21. Southern Puget Sound is currently open for hatchery chinook.