Don't let the deep freeze chase you off the water. There are many species to catch, including chinook, trout and steelhead. Northern Puget Sound reopened...
Don’t let the deep freeze chase you off the water.
There are many species to catch, including chinook, trout and steelhead.
Northern Puget Sound reopened Wednesday for hatchery chinook, with good luck at places like Possession Bar, Double Bluff off Whidbey Island, Point No Point and Midchannel Bank off Port Townsend.
“There was a decent bite on Possession Bar, and it looked like just about everyone caught a fish, with some getting two or more,” said Pete Sergeef, who fished Wednesday on the state Fish and Wildlife test boat.
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Chinook fishing also remains very good in the San Juan Island region at Rosario Strait, Salmon Bank, McArthur Bank, the north side of Orcas Island, Spring Pass and President Channel.
Captain Derek Floyd, owner of Anglers Choice Fishing Charters, had a stellar day on the exposed sections of the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, hooking 20 chinook and keeping eight fish Tuesday on McArthur and Salmon banks.
The Roche Harbor Salmon Classic is Feb. 7-9, and there are still 20 spots open. Details: 360-378-5562.
On the southeastern side of Strait of Juan de Fuca, places like Protection Island, Freshwater Bay and Winter Hole off Port Angeles have been fair to good for chinook, 4 to 10 pounds.
Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association, released a 20-pound wild chinook off Protection Island Tuesday, and a 22 ½-pound hatchery fish was caught Wednesday at the same location.
Central Puget Sound is open through Jan. 31 and has been fair to good at Jefferson Head. Fishing is also fair in Saratoga Pass at Elger Bay, Baby Island and Foxes Spit. Southern Puget Sound is slow for salmon.
South central Puget Sound and Hood Canal reopen for salmon Feb. 1, and Sekiu in the western Strait on Feb. 16.
Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or firstname.lastname@example.org