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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 18, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Open areas of Puget Sound offer decent early king fishing action

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The Puget Sound salmon fisheries open right now are worth your time for kings.

“It was pretty darn good (Tuesday) for kings with some guys coming back with their two-fish daily limits,” said Art Tatchell, manager of the Point Defiance Park Boathouse in Tacoma. “We’ll get some a decent day or two, and then it’ll drop off and pick back up again.”

The bite slowed down at the Clay Banks and Flats area off the western edge of Point Defiance.

The top-three spots for hatchery kings are the old Girl Scout Camp in Colvos Passage, Gig Harbor shoreline and Point Evans just north of the Narrows Bridge.

Most chinook are 8 to 12 pounds, and the biggest Tatchell has seen was 24 pounds. The hatchery-mark rate was about 50 percent. Anglers can keep only hatchery fish with a missing adipose fin.

The northern portion of central Puget Sound is open for salmon catch-and-release fishing, and fishing has been good for the few anglers venturing out.

“This has been one of the best Junes I’ve ever seen, and fishing is pretty impressive,” said Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon Guide in Seattle (www.salmonguide.com or 206-295-7031). “It has been good between Kingston and Jefferson Head, and we’ve had some days where we’ve hooked seven fish, and the biggest was about 12 pounds and most are 7 to 10 pounds.”

In the four days that Robbins has fished he has only encountered two wild kings, and the rest were all hatchery-marked fish.

The Edmonds Pier is generating a catch two to three kings weekly, and an odd flurry of summer squid have also been caught in recent days.

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