A forecasted promise of a break in the stormy weather should be great news for marine salmon anglers making plans to head out for opening day this Saturday in northern Puget Sound and the eastside of Whidbey Island.
“I think weather wise Saturday will be your best day to get out and fish the opener, and last year it was good when it opened and then tapered off and picked back up again,” said Pete Sergeef, a state Fish and Wildlife test boat fishery surveyor. “We fished (Tuesday and Wednesday) in Shilshole Bay, and caught some sub-legal fish (chinook under the 22-inch minimum size limit). The pattern has been that you’re able to fish in the mornings and then the wind kicks up in the afternoons.”
“It has been tough for chums and the first one I saw caught was last weekend. We aren’t seeing very many jumpers, although I know of a couple guys who were doing OK for chums at Point No Point,” he said. “I know we are marking chums up high in the water column on the fish finder so no question they are around.”
Northern Puget Sound (Marine Catch Area 9) is open for salmon Saturday through Nov. 30; east side of Whidbey Island (8-1 and 8-2) is open Saturday through April 30; southern Puget Sound (13) is open now through April 30; Hood Canal (12) and south-central Puget Sound are open through Dec. 31; central Puget Sound (10) is open through Jan. 31; and San Juan Islands and eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca (6 an.7) reopen Dec. 1.
The Tengu Blackmouth Salmon Fun Derby starts this Sunday in Elliott Bay. The nine-week derby is held every Sunday through Dec. 28 from daybreak to 11 a.m. at the Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle. Cost is $15 per person, and $5 for kids under age 12. Details: 206-324-7600.
Two other derbies part of the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s 15-Event Northwest Salmon Derby Series, including the Bayside Marine Salmon Derby this weekend in Everett where the largest fish is worth $2,000.
Cost is $30 and can be purchased at Bayside Marine until Friday. There is also a $50 entry fee for the team division. Fishing is allowed in Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 10 only. Details: 425-252-3088 or www.baysidemarine.com.
The Resurrection Salmon Derby Dec. 5-6 at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, which is hosted by the Fidalgo/San Juan Islands Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers.
Cost is $400 per boat with four anglers per boat, and limited to 100 boats. First place is $10,000, second is worth $2,500 and third place will take home $1,500. Details: 360-202-2664.
For more information on the Northwest Salmon Derby Series, go to http://www.northwestsalmonderbyseries.com/.