Plenty of fish are milling in local waterways, and millions of razor clams are tucked under the sandy coastal beaches.
Now all we need to hope for is a window of opportunity between the expected rainy and windy weather coming our way in the next few days.
Marine salmon anglers are gearing up for the Friday hatchery chinook opening in northern Puget Sound, and a good indicator has been the stellar action happening to the south in central Puget Sound.
“It has been very consistent between Jefferson Head and Kingston this entire month for some blackmouth (a term used for chinook by their distinct black gumline) and chum,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett.
“We haven’t heard from anyone that has scouted out North Sound, but given the good action to the south and a stellar opener last year, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some great fishing again,” Krein said.
The chum fishing also has been notably better than usually, and while these fish are notoriously stubborn biters in the saltwater, that hasn’t been the case this fall season.
Good chum action has come from Kingston to Jefferson Head, and south from Blake Island down to Olympia and nearby estuaries.
Those include the Chico Creek estuary where last Sunday 42 anglers caught 20 chum; and Hoodsport in Hood Canal also gave up 27 chum for 30 anglers. Other good areas are Kennedy Creek in Totten Inlet; Johns Creek in Oakland Bay; Curly Creek estuary near Southworth; North Bay near Allyn; Perry Creek in Eld Inlet; Whatcom Creek in Bellingham; McLane Creek; Eagle Creek south of Potlatch State Park; and the public-access shores off Highway 101 from Eldon to Hoodsport.
The Tengu Derby began last Sunday in Elliott Bay, and 24 anglers managed to catch just two salmon. The winner was Dennis Wong with a 5-pound, 1-ounce chinook, and second went to Marcus Nitta with a 4-pound, 8-ounce coho.
The derby is held from daybreak to 11 a.m. every Sunday through Dec. 29 at the Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle. Cost is $15, and $5 for children under age 12. Rental boats are $65, and $85 for boat and motor. Details: 206-324-7600.
Barring any stormy weather and high surf, coastal razor clam diggers should expect easy digging Friday at Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Saturday at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Sunday and Monday at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.