The highlight of the local fishing scene is the good action for chinook in Puget Sound. "Possession Bar (in northern Puget Sound) is still...

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The highlight of the local fishing scene is the good action for chinook in Puget Sound.

“Possession Bar (in northern Puget Sound) is still the place to be, and it’s been that way (since it opened Nov. 1),” said Pete Sergeef, a state Fish and Wildlife checker.

Good numbers of chinook were also milling in central Puget Sound off Jefferson Head, but Saratoga Pass and the east side of Whidbey Island have been unseasonably slow.

The Tengu Derby in Elliott Bay on Sunday lured 28 anglers onto Elliott Bay, and Justin Wong of Seattle held the lucky rod with two nice hatchery chinook.

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“Both fish came off the grain-terminal area in Elliott Bay where there were good concentrations of bait,” said Doug Hanada, the Tengu Derby president.

The winning fish was a 9-pound, 12-ounce hatchery chinook, which is now the largest fish of the season. The derby meets at daybreak to 11 a.m. every Sunday through Dec. 30 at the Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle. Cost is $15. Details: 206-324-7600.

The marine salmon fishery is open along the southeast side of Whidbey Island (Catch Areas 8-1 and 8-2), Puget Sound (9, 10, 11 and 13) and Hood Canal (12). Port Angeles and the San Juan Islands reopen Dec. 1.

On the freshwater scene, a plant of 2,000 rainbow trout averaging 2 to 3 pounds went into Beaver Lake near Issaquah earlier this month, and should offer good fishing. Daily limit is five fish, only two of which can exceed 15 inches in length.

Lone Lake on Whidbey Island is good for trout, and other year-round lakes worth a try are Goodwin, Blackmans and Ballinger.

Six southwest Washington lakes will soon be planted with 2,000 rainbow trout averaging 1 ¼ pounds.

Battleground Lake and Klineline Pond in Clark County, Kress Lake in Cowlitz County, Fort Borst Park Pond and South Lewis County Park Pond in Lewis County, and Rowland Lake in Klickitat County will all be closed to fishing Nov. 19-22, and then reopen Nov. 23.

Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or

Fishing report
Location Comment
Coastal razor clams Long Beach and Twin Harbors are open Thursday; and Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks are open Friday. Digging is allowed after noon each day. Next tentative digs are: Nov. 26-28 at Twin Harbors; Nov. 29 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; and Nov. 30 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrock. More digs also are scheduled next month. Final approval will be made a week before each dig series once marine-toxin testing shows clams are safe to eat.
Digging: Yes

Rating: 4 stars

Statewide rivers Reiter Ponds on Skykomish is slow to fair for steelhead. Slow for coho in Cascade, Skykomish and Skagit. Fair for coho on northern coast in Bogachiel, Clearwater and Hoh, and fair for a mix of chum, coho and kings in Humptulips. Fair for coho and chinook in Cowlitz near barrier dam, and for steelhead near trout hatchery. Fair for chinook in Lewis North Fork.
Biting: Yes/no

Rating: 2 stars

Marine areas Chum fishing is fair at Hoodsport in Hood Canal, Kennedy Creek estuary in Totten Inlet, Johns Creek estuary in Oakland Bay, Chico Creek near Bremerton and North Bay near Allyn. Good squid jigging at night off Edmonds Pier and Pier 86 on the Seattle waterfront. Good crabbing in open areas of Puget Sound and Hood Canal, but closed in central and south-central Puget Sound.
Biting: Yes

Rating: 2 stars

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