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#1034774 - 07/19/20 12:13 PM P.S. Chinook Opener Reports?
RUNnGUN Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 1066
Any reports out there? I fished 3 days in area 9 from Mid Channel to Possession and only got 3 keepers in 3 days 10# ave. Lots of smallies and some decent nates released. Never did see many nets fly for the number of boats. Mid-Channel looked dead yesterday under perfect conditions except for the big tide, and unfishable on Fri. because of wind + tide. WDFW checks out of Everett on the opener showed dismal results. Hope more numbers start showing quick. On another note. Did fish checkers get furloughed Fri. w/ a bunch of other WDFW personnel?
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#1034801 - 07/19/20 03:01 PM Re: P.S. Chinook Opener Reports? [Re: RUNnGUN]
CorneliusDunghamer Offline
Juvenile at Sea

Registered: 06/28/20
Posts: 135
We limited 5 people at mid channel yesterday. 15# average, released some larger wild fish.
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#1034825 - 07/20/20 09:34 AM Re: P.S. Chinook Opener Reports? [Re: RUNnGUN]
GodLovesUgly Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 04/20/09
Posts: 1224
Loc: WaRshington
It's been slow per the creel counts. 10% catch per angler effort or less. We fished Thurs-Sat and got fish each day so can't really complain but it definately wasn't lights out. We ground it out and were able to pick up 1 here 1 there with a lot of blackmouth around. There are also quite a few jacks out there. We landed 3 jacks on Saturday, and 2 on Friday. Kept one that was 24" and had good eggs so definately migratory fish. Biggest in the 3 days was around 18# so the ones that are around seem to be a nice grade of fish. Gonads fairly immature in most so they may still be on the way.
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#1034843 - 07/20/20 04:00 PM Re: P.S. Chinook Opener Reports? [Re: RUNnGUN]
elparquito Offline
The Chosen One

Registered: 02/09/00
Posts: 13960
Loc: Margaritaville
By far, the worst MA9 and 10 opener I and several PS Lifers have ever experienced..and we ended up releasing a big wild king, long lined released another good king and boxed a good size coho.

While I'm sure their may be some out there that are getting lucky in finding some fish, that's not the norm for most.

Was just odd to not see *any* nets flying on the opener.

Besides what was going on in our boat, I think I saw one legit king landed for 300+ boats......Late fish or still coming down the pipe, there at least should have been the usual pile of resident feeder kings and shakers. Nope.

It's worse in MA10. Devoid of all aquatic life, so it seems. Ok, not all that true.

OK fishing if you're after the resident coho. They do seem to be in good numbers and rather large for this time year.

So, you all got that going for you. Resident coho.... Sad.

I am in no hurry to get back out the water until August.

I'm being an optimist and going with the "they are just late" theory, vs the "Their just ain't no fish" reality.

Poor orcas are truly gonna starve now!
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#1034847 - 07/20/20 06:00 PM Re: P.S. Chinook Opener Reports? [Re: RUNnGUN]
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King of the Beach

Registered: 12/11/02
Posts: 4895
Loc: Carkeek Park
As far as coho go, residents are really the only game until we turn the page to August. Usually by the end of the first week or so of August some nicer fish will turn right at the corner.
They are definitely bigger this year. Best year size wise I’ve seen since 2016 before we got benched.

As far as the king action goes, it can’t be due to a lack of sandlance as there are a [Bleeeeep!] ton of them out there right now.
The catch stats look slim but I’ve been seeing some pics of some decent fish.
It will be interesting so see how long the season stretches out....or not.
Damn encounters!
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#1034885 - 07/21/20 09:05 AM Re: P.S. Chinook Opener Reports? [Re: RUNnGUN]
GodLovesUgly Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 04/20/09
Posts: 1224
Loc: WaRshington
I spent significant time in A7 after it opened on July 1, and I was really surprised/dissappointed by how slow it was following the opener. I was hopeful that the fish had stayed closer to the peninsula and snuck inside but that doesn't seem to be the case right now. Hopefully they are still coming. We saw almost no nets flying up in 7 which was really discouraging. The feeling of the 9/10 opener was much the same as in 7. Tons of boats, not much catching.

Good luck to all.
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#1035086 - 07/23/20 06:23 PM Re: P.S. Chinook Opener Reports? [Re: RUNnGUN]
ned Offline
Spawner

Registered: 06/09/07
Posts: 632
Loc: MA 5, 9, 10
Kingston Monday: 2 rods x 3 hours = 6 rod hours, ZERO.
PNP Thursday, 2 rods 3.5 hours = 7 hours, 10 pounder.

The July 19 quota counts reflect the same: Area 9: 15% Area 10: 3%.

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#1035239 - 07/25/20 08:44 PM Re: P.S. Chinook Opener Reports? [Re: RUNnGUN]
GodLovesUgly Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 04/20/09
Posts: 1224
Loc: WaRshington
If fishing is good and the run size is strong, we get a small quota and it gets closed in weeks. If fishing is poor and run size is lacking, we get a good sized quota and fishing lasts months....


Great manamgnet here. Really just spot on.
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#1035247 - 07/26/20 10:53 AM Re: P.S. Chinook Opener Reports? [Re: RUNnGUN]
CorneliusDunghamer Offline
Juvenile at Sea

Registered: 06/28/20
Posts: 135
Limits for the boat again this weekend at Mid Channel. Smaller average size this time with one abnormal hatchery specimen that was just shy of 25 lbs. Didn’t see many other fish caught but didn’t see anyone else motor mooching anchovies.
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#1035267 - 07/27/20 07:41 AM Re: P.S. Chinook Opener Reports? [Re: RUNnGUN]
RUNnGUN Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 1066
Picked up over the weekend. Got 2 Saturday at Possession, one pushn 20. Saw a good bite going on for once. Looks like some numbers have turned the corner. Good tides this week should see catches go up.
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#1035272 - 07/27/20 08:20 AM Re: P.S. Chinook Opener Reports? [Re: RUNnGUN]
elparquito Offline
The Chosen One

Registered: 02/09/00
Posts: 13960
Loc: Margaritaville
Think I got lost.

Fished off the West side of San Juan Island on Saturday after spending the night on a 110’ yacht anchored up in Roche Hatbour. Made the 26” North River we were in look small.

Released a nice wild king and small coho. Only saw one other king released.

Hearing of improved reports out of MA10. Not red hot, but at least those that normally get the kings are starting to find a few.
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#1035290 - 07/27/20 11:34 AM Re: P.S. Chinook Opener Reports? [Re: RUNnGUN]
Streamer Offline
No Stars for You!

Registered: 11/08/06
Posts: 1414
Loc: T-Town, Wa
Picked up some fish in area 11 the last few days. Still pretty slow but it should continue to improve.

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#1035302 - 07/27/20 02:06 PM Re: P.S. Chinook Opener Reports? [Re: elparquito]
Brent K Offline
Smolt

Registered: 08/12/13
Posts: 95
Loc: Arlington, Washington
I have caught very few adult hatchery clipped chinook on the west side of San Juan, maybe 2. But I fish it mostly in August and September. If the Canadians start clipping their fish I'm sure that would change.

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