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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 23, 2015 at 8:08 AM

San Juan Islands continue to be hotspot for winter chinook action

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(Photo courtesy of Derek Floyd)

The San Juan Islands continues to be the “place” for winter chinook action after hitting a slight doldrum early last week.

“Fishing is better now especially the last couple of days, and it had been slow up until this point,” said Derek Floyd, owner of Anglers Choice Fishing Charter in Anacortes. “We fished until 1 p.m. (Wednesday) and hooked 12 fish, including a couple nice ones that weighed 12 and 13 pounds.”

One of the most noticeable difference’s from Floyd was the water movement.

“You’ve gotta have current and that pushes the baitfish into the suspected ambush spots,” Floyd said. “I don’t know where the bait goes when the current stops. But, when there isn’t much current it just seems so quiet. Once it current moves and then lets off that is when the fish bite.”

The best fishing action has shifted from the inner-island region to places outside including the wexposed banks of the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca.

“It is trending toward the outside at places like the (Salmon, Hein and Eastern) banks and Rosario Strait,” Floyd said. “The last time I fished President’s Channel was a week ago and it wasn’t that good. Overall there are a few little patches of herring around, but now its tons of smelt, and I haven’t seen any needlefish yet.”

Don’t overlook Eagle Bluff; Rosario Strait; Thatcher Pass; Sucia Island; north side of Orcas Island; Obstruction Pass; and Lopez Pass.

The eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca also picked up at Protection Island; Discovery Bay; and Smith Island.

Northern Puget Sound has been just so-so, and the few biters seemed to have already been picked off by anglers when it first opened on Jan. 16. There is also a lack of baitfish one of the keys to keeping these hungry feeders in the areas.

Nonetheless the best North Sound areas have been Pilot Point and Point No Point on the northeastern side of the Kitsap Peninsula.

A few fish were also caught at Midchannel Bank off Port Townsend, and to a much lesser degree at Possession Bar and Double Bluff off the south side of Whidbey Island.

 

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