The central Puget Sound (Marine Catch Area 10) hatchery king harvest quota is expected to be achieved by Thursday, and will close for chinook retention.
“Catch rates stayed steady this week in Area 10, and we estimated through Tuesday that 919 fish were caught and puts us at 82.6 percent of the harvest quota (1,112 hatchery chinook),” said Mark Baltzell, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.
Area 10 will remain open for coho only through Aug. 15, and then reverts back to seasons listed in the regulation pamphlet.
In the northern Puget Sound (Area 9) 2,000 hatchery kings had been caught through Tuesday, and puts that area at 62 percent of the 3,218 fish catch harvest ceiling.
“We’re predicting the chinook retention fishery in Area 9 will go through Aug. 15, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens with catches this weekend,” Baltzell said.
The mark rate is 82 percent in Area 9 (kings with missing adipose fin indicating they are of hatchery origin) and 70 percent in Area 10.
Hatchery king fishing should be fair to good in North Sounds areas like Possession Bar, Point No Point, Pilot Point, Marrowstone Island, Bush Point off west side of Whidbey Island and Midchannel Bank off Port Townsend.
Chinook retention will stay open in Area 10 at Sinclair Inlet and the Elliot Bay Fishing Pier at Terminal 86, Seacrest Pier, Waterman Pier, Bremerton Boardwalk and Illahee State Park Pier. Shilshole Bay is closed through Aug. 31 to all salmon fishing southeast from Meadow Point to West Point to protect poor wild chinook returns to Lake Washington.