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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Depending on marine location the winter hatchery chinook fishery is chugging along at a good clip

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(Photos courtesy of Peter Sergeef)

It was a very busy weekend for marine salmon anglers all across open areas of Puget Sound, and the catches should remain productive.

“It has been a pretty decent month for salmon fishing,” said Peter Sergeef, a state Fish and Wildlife checker. “It was a busy over the weekend on the saltwater in Area 9 (northern Puget Sound), and I counted 97 boats on Saturday during an aerial survey. I saw 39 boats on the west side of the bar and 17 on the east side, plus three or four that were running.”

During the aerial survey Sergeef also reported quite a few boats at Double Bluff (off southwest side of Whidbey Island) and a few at Midchannel Bank off Port Townsend.

“We’ve been finding hatchery chinook and a few chum at Point No Point, Pilot Point, Double Bluff (off southwest side of Whidbey Island) and Possession Bar,” Sergeef said. “We fished Point No Point on the flood tide (traditionally better on an ebb tide), and it didn’t look fishy, but we managed to pull a fish here and there. We also saw some chums on the surface and caught one too.”

“There was also some good catches at Pilot Point, and a lot of sub-legals (chinook under the keeper 22 inch minimum size limit),” he said. “There was a 14 pounder caught at Pilot.”

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Other locales worth a try are Useless Bay, Midchannel Bank off Port Townsend, Jefferson Head, Shilshole Bay, Southworth, Manchester, Rich Passage and Allen Bank near Blake Island.

A couple salmon derbies over the weekend saw one with fairly good catches while the other struggled for the second weekend in a row.

The Puget Sound Anglers Sno-King Members & Guests Derby at Edmonds was Saturday, and a total of 53 anglers landed 19 hatchery chinook. The winning hatchery chinook weighed 10.780 pounds and was caught by Kenneth Johnson who edged out second placer Tim Stumpf with a 10.030 pound fish.

The scenario in the Tengu Blackmouth Derby on Sunday saw 23 anglers score no fish, but once again one unlucky person caught a legal chinook and missed the 11 a.m. cutoff deadline.

The largest fish of the season was caught by Justin Wong of Seattle on Oct. 26, and weighed 13 pounds, 9 ounces. The derby is held every Sunday through Dec. 28 from daybreak to 11 a.m. at the Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle. Details: 206-324-7600.

Another upcoming derby is 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, and limited to 100 boats. Details: 360-202-2664 or www.northwestsalmonderbyseries.com/.

Northern Puget Sound (Marine Catch Area 9) is open for salmon through Nov. 30; east side of Whidbey Island (8-1 and 8-2) is open through April 30; southern Puget Sound (13) is open 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 and 7) reopen Dec. 1.

 

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