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Marine chinook season gets off to energized start

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The marine chinook season has gotten off to an energized start despite windows of blustery winds, monsoon-like downpours and other miseries associated with fishing at this time of the year.

“We’ve had good action on the west side of Possession Bar, and at Double Bluff (on the south side of Whidbey Island),” said Pete Sergeef, a state Fish and Wildlife checker who hooked two blackmouth (a term used for chinook for their black gumline) and landed one on Wednesday. “The chum action in the saltwater has pretty much come to an end, and we’re only hearing of a couple caught here and there.”

Even before the last stormy weather, additional fair-to-good reports for chinook trickled in from Jefferson Head, Point No Point, Camano Head, Kingston, Elger Bay, Saratoga Pass, Allen Bank off the south side of Blake Island, Southworth, Manchester and Midchannel Bank off Port Townsend.

The third week of the Tengu Blackmouth Derby was held this past Sunday in Elliott Bay, and 22 anglers managed to catch only two chinook.

“It was slim pickings,” said Doug Handa, the Tengu Derby Club president. “The top blackmouth (caught by Steve Nitta weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces) came from Fourmile Rock (off Magnolia) with second place (caught by Justin Wong weighing 5-6) coming from the Elliott Bay Marina.”

The largest fish of the season weighed 7 pounds 11ounces and was caught by Benny Wong. The derby is held from daybreak to 11 a.m. every Sunday through Dec. 29 at the Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle. Details: 206-324-7600.

State Fish and Wildlife has filled 25 westside lakes with about 60,000 trout, and another 15,000 will be stocked by the day after Thanksgiving in Mason and Jefferson counties and Southwest Washington lakes.

In Pierce County, American Lake got 1,650 trout; Bonney, 332; Kapowsin, 2,800; Bradley, 750; and Ohop, 1,750. In Thurston County, Black received 3,990; Lawrence, 2,512; St. Clair, 1,748; Long, 2,500; Long’s Pond, 200; and Offutt, 1,050.

Other westside lakes recently planted were Gibbs, Lost, Nahwatzel, Beaver, Morton, Spencer, Island, Meridian, Silver off the Everett-Bothell Highway and Green. To view the fish stocking, go to

Late-fall perch fishing is decent off the docks in Lake Washington at Mount Baker, Leschi, Kenmore, Madison Park, Renton, Mercer Island and Seward Park.

Fishing Report
Location Comment
Marine areasThe chum salmon fishery remains very good in many estuarial locations like Hoodsport in Hood Canal, where a check showed 87 anglers last Saturday with 210 chum, and Kennedy Creek in Totten Inlet, with 22 last Saturday hooking 18. Other places worth a try are Chico Creek estuary in Dyes Inlet; Johns Creek in Oakland Bay; Curly Creek estuary near Southworth; North Bay near Allyn; Perry Creek in Eld Inlet; Whatcom Creek in Bellingham; and shoreline off Highway 101 from Eldon to Hoodsport. Fair to good for squid off Edmonds, Port Orchard, Des Moines, Redondo and Seattle waterfront piers.The Dungeness crabbing is fair to good in open areas of Puget Sound. Spotty for chinook and late coho off Point Defiance Park in Tacoma and the Narrows area.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars
Statewide riversGood for close to a coho per rod in Bonneville Pool off the Klickitat River. Fair for coho in the Cowlitz, and for coho and steelhead in the Kalama. Fair to good for coho and chinook in the Lewis. Slow to fair for coho in the Snohomish, Skykomish, Stillaguamish and Skagit. Fair for either chinook, chum or coho in the Humptulips, Clearwater, Satsop, Chehalis, Wynoochee, Hoh, Bogachiel and Sol Duc.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars
Coastal razor clamsNext digs are Friday and Saturday at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Sunday at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; and Monday to Wednesday at Twin Harbors. Digging is open from noon to midnight each day. At Long Beach, diggers averaged 12.7 (the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition are the daily limit); at Twin Harbors it was 12.6; at Mocrocks it was 14.7; and at Copalis it was 8.3. More digs are tentatively planned for Nov. 30-Dec. 7, Dec. 14-18 and Dec. 29-31.
Digging: YesRating: 4 stars

Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or

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