The highlight of the local fishing scene is the good action for chinook in Puget Sound.
“Possession Bar (in northern Puget Sound) is still the place to be, and it’s been that way (since it opened Nov. 1),” said Pete Sergeef, a state Fish and Wildlife checker.
Good numbers of chinook were also milling in central Puget Sound off Jefferson Head, but Saratoga Pass and the east side of Whidbey Island have been unseasonably slow.
The Tengu Derby in Elliott Bay on Sunday lured 28 anglers onto Elliott Bay, and Justin Wong of Seattle held the lucky rod with two nice hatchery chinook.
“Both fish came off the grain-terminal area in Elliott Bay where there were good concentrations of bait,” said Doug Hanada, the Tengu Derby president.
The winning fish was a 9-pound, 12-ounce hatchery chinook, which is now the largest fish of the season. The derby meets at daybreak to 11 a.m. every Sunday through Dec. 30 at the Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle. Cost is $15. Details: 206-324-7600.
The marine salmon fishery is open along the southeast side of Whidbey Island (Catch Areas 8-1 and 8-2), Puget Sound (9, 10, 11 and 13) and Hood Canal (12). Port Angeles and the San Juan Islands reopen Dec. 1.
On the freshwater scene, a plant of 2,000 rainbow trout averaging 2 to 3 pounds went into Beaver Lake near Issaquah earlier this month, and should offer good fishing. Daily limit is five fish, only two of which can exceed 15 inches in length.
Lone Lake on Whidbey Island is good for trout, and other year-round lakes worth a try are Goodwin, Blackmans and Ballinger.