5. Since taking over the family business six years ago, Layland has had a new, beefy skiff built to handle larger salmon hauls. The deep drop off here holds a ton of baitfish. Manchester inlet is one of the most reliable, wind sheltered and close by fisheries for winter blackmouth and is a quick boat ride from Elliott Bay, Tacoma or Bremerton. You can also troll the Northwestern shore in the 100-120 water up into Hale passage this spot can put out some fish. Summer kings it’s a get the offering in the face deal, just troll with the tide. Evans and on the south end of Fox Island near Fox Pt. Size your hooks to the bait. Layland describes her home as “one of the last great wild places” on Earth. Boat Launch Moreover, historically the most productive Puget Sound salmon streams and rivers were low-gradient channels in major river valleys downstream of major dams. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. On days with lesser tidal movements you can fish two hours either side of the tide. Chambers Creek is located just north of Steilacoom. That will allow you to drift the deepest point. Defiance, Pt. During the most extreme tides of the month, the water can drop or rise three feet per hour. As the species is both ecologically and economically important to the region, this alternative migration pattern has many consequences. Look for the first of the Puyallup fish to show in the middle of July through the end of August. And the scale of the project and the potential environmental and economic impacts to the salmon fishery have spurred global controversy, which has been covered by The Seattle Times, The New York Times, The Guardian, and Al Jazeera, among others. Ironically, the millions of dollars spent to make these areas more salmon friendly and boost fish populations have created ecological traps for coho coming back to toxic waters. 2) Pt. Fish will stage here before heading up the river. The Point is the best fishing spot for one pretty simple reason. From tribal culture, to food webs and how it is impacting shellfish which is a major food source for growing salmon, it could also be impacting Salmon as well. The highlight of a post-college trip to Croatia, Layland says, was watching Croatian fishermen cast hand nets in the Adriatic Sea. She has fished every summer of her life since she was a kid: Her parents bought a commercial salmon fishing permit in 1991, the year Lindsay was born, and Lindsay and her brother—two years her senior—grew up helping with the family fishing business. At UTBB, Layland is a white woman representing Native tribes. Tide Change Troll the ledge here or move in close and pitch a herring in toward the beach and drift down the ledge. Fish the total water column dropping to the bottom and reeling up slowly or watch your fishfinder and target feeding Chinook under the bait schools. Thompson Cove is a small cove just north of Lyle Point. And even with adequate preparation, there’s never a guarantee that she’ll catch fish. In the spring, thoughts of advocacy will get pushed aside as Layland gets ready for the opening of salmon season in June. I have caught countless fish over the years trolling 40-60 ft down on the downrigger. Here baitfish are pushed into a pocket on the outgoing tide. Take the top hook, the 3/0, and run it out the top of the spine of the herring near the front of the cut. One of the top salmon locations in the South Sound is the Tacoma Narrows. Defiance. The season and salmon limits can vary depending on what side of the bridge you are fishing on. But, Layland explains, there’s a tremendous amount of behind-the-scenes work to plan and prepare for each fishing season, complicated by the tricky logistics of getting supplies to the Alaska bush. In 2012, in a volunteer effort, the second fish ladder was restored at Chambers Creek. Defiance but can be just as good of fishing spot especially for summer kings. Jigging Environmental engineers and chemists at the University of Washington Tacoma have identified a mysterious compound implicated in the deaths of large numbers of coho salmon in Puget Sound. Narrows Marina is a short run from just south of the Narrows Bridge. She sees the proposed mine as a cultural threat. Like Layland and Hurley, various board members of the organization also work in the fishing industry. Troll slowly; just keep the cutplug spinning. But the majority of Bristol Bay residents believe that such industrial development cannot coexist with a healthy salmon fishery: Recent polls show that three-quarters of Bristol Bay residents—and 65% of Alaskans—oppose the mine. Evans is a good year round producer for winter blackmouth and summer returning kings. Fishing takes place in front of the Railroad Bridge and to the north of it. South Sound Kings Many times referred to as the “Ace in the Hole”, this setup gives you the attraction of a flasher without the pull on the line of the flasher when you hook up with a salmon. The best mooching happens between the Fuel Dock and the Manchester ramp. This area is good fishing for one simple reason, it holds lots of bait and all good anglers know if you find the bait you will find blackmouth. Lay the herring on the cutting board with the head to the right, make one clean cut at a 45-degree angle behind the gills with the knife slightly angled toward the tail. Wilson Darts in 2-4 oz. Trolling You will be able to see the edge of the ledge by the choppy water created by changing tide. Once on campus, she thought that she’d have to give up fishing for summer basketball leagues. The other spots that hold summer returning kings in this area are in front of the Pt. Then attach a 6-7 ft leader with 2/3-3/0 razor sharp hook to a flasher. The old tried and true produce, the salmon plug is still fished hard here. In mining some 70 million ounces of gold and 70 billion pounds of copper, along with other minerals, Northern Dynasty has said it could bring up to 2,000 jobs and needed economic development to the region. Try an Apex Spoon by itself or a Silver Horde Kingfisher or if the bait is bigger a Sonic Edge fished behind an 11” flasher works real well. By Miranda WeissPhotos courtesy of Lindsay Leyland ’13Published Feb. 13, 2020, Selections from the annual Study Abroad Photo Contest, With varsity athletics on pause thanks to COVID-19, we needed a sports fix, Fact or fiction, our list of seven legendary creatures just might keep you up at night, Copyright © 2021 University of Puget Sound. Like most locations in this area the ebb tide seems to be the most favorable. But for years now, Layland ’13 and others in her community have seen a direct threat to their salmon-centric way of life. Trolling This relationship is about a lot more than money. Salmon will round this point on their way south. Begin your bait preparation with a sharp knife. On the outgoing tide start just north of the bridge and drift back up to Point Evans. Starts mid July peaks mid August. Cut plug herring works well at Anderson Island mooched or trolled off downriggers. 1 of 3. These migratory fish heading back to the Puyallup River, Nisqually River and Chambers Creek will often travel in the mid water column. They have a bait and tackle store and offer a full service marina with a gas dock and boat ramp. Another hazard in the area, besides the strong current, is shipping. Destination the Nisqually River. The majority of the bait holds in the 90-120 ft water here. Defiance Boathouse 253-591-5325. Since this area has such strong currents the best fishing will take place one hour before to an hour after the tide change on big tide changes. Let the setup down until the dropper makes steady contact with the bottom. The majority of the fish will be taken between the fuel dock, and the turquoise boathouse located a mile just to the south. If this area could only talk, the stories it would tell, big fish, hundreds of salmon derbies, countless hours of fishing enjoyed by thousands of anglers. Salmon-Safe is entering a new phase in scaling up our Puget Sound presence as we seek to accelerate the development market’s shift to practices that protect Puget Sound water quality and migrating salmon. This Kitsap Peninsula workhorse sometimes takes a back seat to its well-known cousins Jeff Head just to the north, and Pt. Check your WDFW regulations for season openings and closings, as the Narrows Bridge is the boundary between Marine Areas 11 & 13. Target the area just off the point. This area doesn’t receive near the angler pressure of Pt. Winter blackmouth are regularly caught on Pro-Troll flashers and Silver Horde spoons just off the bottom. Mooching herring Pre-tie several leaders with barbless 2/0-3/0 hooks in 12-14 lb. Top action on these fish will be fishing mid water, 40-60 ft. Trolling plugs and herring will be some of the top producers. Carr Inlet reaches up into the fertile Oyster County of the Key Peninsula. She serves as coach of the high school women’s varsity basketball team. You can also pick up fish trolling out into the deeper 120-140 water off the point when the bait moves out. They have a bait and tackle store and offer a full service marina with a gas dock and boat ramp. Her parents return to Dillingham each summer, as well, from Homer. She completed the wiring herself, so she’d know how to repair it. Three of the top locations are Fox Point on Hale passage, the Concrete Dock on the South end and Point Gibson farther to the south can all produce fish. “I told my dad I was done fishing,” she says. Trolling off Cutts and Raft Island can be productive and almost always you have the water to yourself. “When bad stuff happens,” like a skiff getting swamped or an engine failing, she says, “people band together.”. Marine Area Maps 11 and 13, ranging from the Northern end of Vashon Island to the farthest reaches of southern Puget Sound. My best tactic has been to troll just above bottom, when I mark a bait ball on my sonar in one of the many dips along the troll, I kick the boat out of gear until my downrigger balls bounce bottom. Dillingham is a remote community of about 2,000 people roughly 350 miles southwest of Anchorage. No roads lead to the town from the rest of the state—access is only by boat or plane—and the region remains largely undeveloped. Layland is a commercial salmon fisherman. Narrows Marina 253-564-3474. Over the years I have fished here that’s one of the most popular areas for kings. Large ships, yachts and barge traffic pass through here so you need to keep an eye peeled at all times. The current forces the bait in to the Clay Banks rip and the salmon follow it there. 2011b, 2011a). 3) Steilacoom is just a driveway to the water and only for small boats (16’ or less). In Seattle’s Puget Sound, the City has been restoring creek beds for salmon, and coho or silver salmon have come back. Sweeting, R., and R. J. Beamish. Waters reopening to recreational crabbing on Nov. 28 are Marine Area 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay) and Marine Area 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner). Head south to Southworth and then run over to Allen Bank. 5 talking about this. Narrows Marina (253-564-3474) is the closest. Look for concentrations of baitfish; these will be the top producing areas for winter fish. The bottom tapers off near shore from 30-100 ft. There’s a trough that holds baitfish. The following information can also be found by calling 360-902-2500, ext. The Washington Post/The Washington Post via Getty Im Show More Show Less 2 … This shoreline all the way up to Ketron Island is good trolling water. There is a serious drop off here from 25-125 ft. The bottom out in the channel is a series of pockets and drop offs that will hold salmon. Spoons like the Silver Horde Kingfisher have been recent arrivals and are gaining in popularity. Trolling the area between the points can produce some nice resident kings. Troll with the tide and bracket the area from shallow to deeper water until you find the depth the fish are migrating through. Troll parallel to the beach moving in and out until you hit concentrations of fish. There is a ramp next to the Wauna Post Office in Purdy, it is very primitive and has a very small parking lot that requires you to pull out into Hwy 302 traffic to use. At UTBB, Layland serves as the communication link between the Bristol Bay region’s more than two dozen remote communities and state and federal decision-makers. It’s just a driveway to the water and only for small boats (16’ or less). There is no dock and very limited parking. Allen Bank This troll or drift for moochers puts out the majority of the fish. 2009. A Comparison of the Diets of Hatchery and Wild Coho Salmon Trollers will catch fish out in the deeper water here targeting suspended bait schools that attract the local blackmouth in to feed. Many friends balked when Layland, then 24, told them her plans to move back to this tiny, remote community where the hot Friday-night event might be a youth wrestling tournament in the school gym. Cars killing Salmon in Seattle’s Puget Sound Creeks. “No project of this size, this scale, or this magnitude has ever come to Bristol Bay,” Layland explains. Narrows Marina 253-564-3474. cannon ball sinker on a dropper 8-10 in. To better understand the factors associated with mortality of chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and coho (Oncorhynchus kisutch) salmon, we examined data from two nearby hatcheries in Puget Sound, Washington, USA for salmon released from 1969 to 1998.The chinook salmon smolts released from the University of Washington (UW) hatchery were larger than those from Soos Creek … She remembers being out on the boat with the family, often in the middle of the night because of the tide, and telling her dad, “I’m not even tired!” before curling up in her rain gear at the stern of the boat and crashing out. On the incoming tide move north and fish the sister hole to Pt. Work the long trolling path from Orchard Point towards the Navy Fuel dock then in toward Manchester boat ramp and on down south about a mile. “Any desecration of our watershed means the extinction of our people.” Hurley testified before Congress in October about the need for decision-makers to listen to Native peoples in the region. But last June, citing the availability of new information, the EPA announced that it would consider the proposal again. Wilson Darts in white and green. Puget Sound Marine Area Salmon Seasons 2020-21 Chinook minimum size limit is 22” in marine waters unless otherwise specified. The top mooching water is in 80-120 ft. Over the past few years, Manchester pops up more and more frequently among top winter spots for Central Puget Sound salmon fishing. They fish for salmon and eat it. A) Is it a highway between breeding areas in streams and feeding areas in the Pacific Ocean, or a distinct rearing habitat? Dusk and then flood tide are the next best times. It’s a community, Layland explains. Use a stiffer rod like a steelhead back bouncer and one of the new super lines like Tuff-Line to a ball bearing swivel. of lead and a cut-plug. Watch for bait balls in the area the local fish will hone in on these. But in this salmon world—a place dependent on this pristine watershed—the mine has hit stiff opposition. This is a tackle grabbing nightmare for anglers. Troll slow with the current and keep your bait near the bottom. (Like many women in the industry, she uses the term “fisherman” with pride.) Dillingham is a remote community of about 2,000 people roughly 350 miles southwest of Anchorage. Defiance Park (253-591-5325) A newly renovated eight-lane launch ramp, open year round sunrise to sunset is located next to the Vashon Ferry Terminal at Point Defiance Park. You will start seeing these fish showing up around Pt. The declines in Puget Sound salmon Near the tide changes you will definitely see rips forming off either side of the point near Lyle. Her brother, who now lives in Arizona, comes up every summer to work with Layland as a skiff captain. Translation: most of central Puget Sound and its sprawl. The proposed Pebble Mine would be one of the largest in the world, developing a vast mineral deposit and, the company says, fostering industrial and economic activity in a region that has one of the highest poverty and unemployment rates in Alaska. Closest ramp is in Steilacoom. If you did it right it will spin like a drill bit in the water. From the swivel use a 4-5 ft. piece of clear 15-pound leader to the jig. Some of the other cabin owners are 20-somethings Layland grew up fishing alongside as a kid and who now, like her, are taking over for their parents. The drift starts just off Owen Beach on the rip line and runs towards the lighthouse. The closest public boat ramp to Browns Point is located just across the bay at Point Defiance Park. But she ended up returning to Dillingham each summer to work as a deckhand for her father in order to help pay for college. If the tide is out going troll north, on the incoming tide troll south along the shoreline. Juvenile chinook salmon migrating through contaminated estuaries in Puget Sound pick up drugs that may affect their survival and growth when it matters most. Come May, pretty much everyone around Dillingham is preparing for the annual salmon run. They have a bait and tackle store and offer a full service marina with a gas dock and boat ramp. Where the bite can happen so fast that the water looks like anglers are havinga butterfly-netting contest. If you’re mooching, drop your fresh cutplug herring down so it’s just off bottom. The chemical is linked with a rubber additive commonly used in tires and is thought to kill more than half of the spawning coho that enter the region's urban streams every year. Later in the day I have taken fish 50-90 ft. off the riggers trolling a figure S-pattern off the Point. Despite these efforts, fish populations continue to decline. They also offer a bait and tackle shop, gas dock and boat rentals. Moochers can get a good drift swinging parallel with the southwest shoreline. The bottom is nice with few obstructions to hang up on so you can really get the downrigger balls right down there where Mr. Blackmouth lives. One of my favorite techniques is to troll a flasher off the downrigger ball and run a Silver Horde Sonic Edge spoon or a cutplug herring just above it. “It’s mayhem,” Layland says. The gum line of the mouth of a Blackmouth and Chinook is black in color, hence the nickname, Blackmouth. There’s always a lot to do: fixing boats, replacing gill netting, gathering a season’s worth of supplies and spare parts, and orienting crew members. When the bottom starts to come up turn east towards Blake Island and follow this ledge out until the bottom starts to drop off, then it’s a simple turn back North to complete the circle back to Orchard Point and do it again. The 10 in dropper will keep the thick cover of eelgrass from fouling your bait. Avoid fishing directly under the bridge as the wreckage from Galloping Gerty, the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge is laying there. Trolling just like at the Clay Banks takes place outside the moochers’ drift. But Layland is continuing to dig into this place. Constant adjustments are needed to stay near the bottom here. Layland studied psychology at Puget Sound, where she was recruited to play basketball. All of these resources, Layland says, “would be disrupted by a giant hole in the ground.”. 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