The resident coho season this year starting June 1st was nothing short of amazing, these small feisty fish made for great action as they are generally great biters as their feeding to get big. We caught most our fish mooching cut plug herring with a few occasions where casting small lures on light spinning tackle produced a few nice fish as well. This resident coho(silver) salmon season in the seattle area produced fish all the way up until the king salmon opened for retention.
This season July 25th marked the first day of retention of king salmon in marine area’s 9 and 10 the north central and central Puget Sound, traditionally the opener has been july 16th with the later start we had high anticipation for the chinook fishing. The morning of July 25th rolls around with a 5am departure we were on our way! 2019 Seattle king salmon season underway, and in short order we were on the chinook, the first two drops of our baits in the water both produced healthy chinook salmon! This start definitely symbolized how the season went through mid august. Great fishing, tight lines, and fun days on the water.
Fishing this summer for chinook salmon took place in a variety of depths, as shallow as 60 feet of water and as deep as 280 feet. The abundance of baitfish; mainly herring in the Puget Sound this summer was unreal. Masses of bait fish seen on the fish finder just about every spot you went. The size of the bait were much larger this year than in previous years. Most baits were 6-7.5” in that big green small blue label herring size. Bigger bait around equals bigger chinook salmon around this year! we had a great season of healthy sized chinook. many fish in the double digits in terms of pounds with the average fish between 9-15lbs and fish up to 25lbs made it into the fish box this summer.
We focused on marine area’s 9 and 10 mainly this summer with our action coming from many different places such as Posession Bar, Point No Point, Edmonds Oil docks, Kingston, Jefferson Head to name a few. The theme year in and year out is “Find the Bait, Find the Fish” the same motto is preached on my boat all the time. These fish in the Puget Sound are looking to feed before they make their journey up the river to spawn. Finding baitfish in the area relates to finding an abundance of salmon because of the sheer fact that everyone has to eat! Our Cut Plug Herring were the go to bait this summer as we “matched the hatch” 'per say. We were using exactly what they were eating down there.
The saying on the boat goes “Just make your herring tastier than the others” and each day our guests did just that! Nothing beats catching a salmon mooching. With mooching for salmon it is an active experience from start to finish! Feel the bite, set the hook and fight your fish! The gratification of being able to “work” your bait and entice a bite and fight your fish into the net is next to none in the Puget Sound! You are in the game the whole time creating your own experience. Come join us for a one of a kind experience on the Puget Sound fishing just minutes from Downtown Seattle. Seattle fishing at its finest with Cut Plug Charter’s using a style of fishing that originated on the Puget Sound what better why to create your fishing experience and memories on the Sound!