While many anglers are still glued to the coho scene in Puget Sound, others are quietly taking advantage of some fairly good resident hatchery chinook fishing in central Puget Sound (Marine Catch Area 10) which reopened on Wednesday.
After hearing of good catches since the day it reopened, I had a chance to head out Saturday morning, and found the bite to be fair for chinook averaging 4 to 13 pounds.
Much of the action happened straight out in deeper water from 150 to 200 feet, remember that resident chinook are bottom huggers. Birds were diving on schools of bait near the surface during the early morning and the fish finder showed gobs of bait all up and down the water column.
One footnote is to bring lots of herring bait as the flounder bite can take its toll. Both moochers and trollers were scoring fish.
Other places that have been producing some fair to good action on resident chinook are Point Monroe off Bainbridge Island, Jefferson Head, Southworth and Allen Bank off Blake Island.
In the meantime the coho bite remains good off Edmonds area, Shilshole Bay from Meadow Point south of West Point, Richmond Beach to the Edmonds oil dock, Possession Bar, east side of Whidbey Island near the Bait Box Hole and across at the Shipwreck area and Browns Bay.