THE FOLLOWING REPORT IS FROM KEVIN KLEIN OF THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS CHAPTER OF PUGET SOUND ANGLERS
Salmon fishing has picked up in the San Juans for Chinook and Coho. Hootchies, spoons and bait all seem to be drawing strikes. Fish the tide changes for Kings, and haunt the tide rips out deeper for Silvers. The fish in Marine Area 7 will either be East, looking to head up the Samish, Skagit or Nooksack, or West, headed for the Fraser. Prawns are now closed, but Crab remains open. Remember to get those Crab catch record cards in after Oct. 1st.
1. This large hatchery Silver hit a Silver Horde Kingfisher Lite spoon in Irish Cream. I marked fish around a big bait ball at 160′ down in 240′ of water. Figured there were some big Kangs down thar. Dropped one side down to 175′ on the ‘rigger, and Bam! Coho show! They are where you find ’em. These Silvers are really pounding the lure or bait off the ‘rigger. I sink my line deep in the Scotty downrigger clip, and the fish are just ripping it off. No doubts.
2. Erol Turanciol with a couple nice white Kings. We are seeing more Chinook show up for sure. From now until the end of September, some bigger fish may come cruisin’ through. It was 2004 that the top ten fish in the now defunct Nielsen Derby were all over 30 lbs, with a 38 taking top honors by mere ounces. That tournament was usually the third week in September. Sometimes the run is just late. May be due to higher water temps. It would be interesting to go back and look at Ocean conditions from ten years ago. Good reason to keep a journal…and/or just Google it!
3. Peter Schmidt holds an upper 20’s King. He knows that the fishing can be good in latter September. It was his daughter that landed the 38 to take that 2004 Derby. Lots of history there. The story of Einar Nielsen is awesome.
4. Joe Crisanti landed this 12lber for the BBQ. Perfect size to cut into steaks, which you don’t see much anymore.
5. “Turn out the lights, the party’s over!” Matt Minnis holds up a dandy 26lber at sunset.