Local saltwater fishing in Puget Sound is still seeing some nice hatchery origin winter black mouth being caught.
The Puget Sound Anglers Association had their yearly derby last weekend and the winning salmon was just over nine pounds, caught near Hat Island. The “go to” gear was a Q cove red racer flasher with white lightning waggle tail Coho killer spoon fished right near the bottom in 90-130ft of water.
Columbia River spring Chinook fishing remains slow, however fishing should pick up as water temperatures warm with the beautiful weather we are having.
Usually the last week in March, anglers will see a good push of fresh spring Chinook headed up river and fishing is best near the Port of Kalama downstream. The best method to catch the best eating salmon in the Pacific Northwest is a slow troll downstream with the outgoing tide with a green label plug cut herring.
Upcoming local fisheries
The WDFW, DFO Canada and The PFMC (Pacific Fisheries Management Council) work very hard to get their Chinook and Coho abundance estimates out in a timely manner. Remember they are truly estimates based on smolt survival, hatchery plants and wild stock estimates, but never the less the numbers are fantastic!
After the “North of Falcon” meeting Washington Department Fish & Wildlife recently released our local Puget Sound and Snohomish River pre-season adult salmon returns for 2013. There will be great opportunity for fishing in our own “backyard” to catch summer Chinook, steelhead and Coho salmon and of course pink salmon which is a fantastic opportunity for families to spend time together in the beautiful outdoors.
For the Snohomish River System, WDFW has forecasted just over 6,000 adult hatchery Chinook and 3,000-plus wild. For the silver salmon fishery on the Snohomish River the pre- season forecast is around 175,000! To top it off a good number of the forecasted six million pink salmon to return to Puget Sound this summer will enter the Snohomish River system providing incredible fishing. With these pre-season salmon forecasts, Washington Fish and Wildlife will now work very hard to set the fishing seasons in our local waters and across Washington state.
Be sure to check regulations before heading out to go fishing to make sure you know the fish limits and any restrictions.
More forecast information can be viewed on WDFW’s website wdfw.wa.gov/. It’s going to be a great summer and fall fishing locally in Puget Sound and on our local rivers like the Snohomish River and the beautiful Skykomish River. So make sure to plan a few days getting your family out on our local waters and making memories for your family this summer!