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Title: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on June 07, 2021, 07:25:58 AM
Morning. Thinking about inviting my dad out for some humpy slaying. If you could pick one week to guess the run peak for timing when would it be. 3rd week in August maybe? Area 8-2 and 9 is the target zone.

Thanks
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: OltHunter on June 07, 2021, 07:36:45 AM
I know there are variables based on rainfall and what not to bring them in, but I'd agree with you, that 3rd week of August.  I looked at pictures from 2019, and August 17 was right in the middle of it I'd say.  Really good a few days prior to that and about a week after.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on June 07, 2021, 07:40:12 AM
Ty sir..

@CP
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Widgeondeke on June 07, 2021, 07:54:58 AM
I always remember fishing both the Edmonds and Everett Coho derbies in September and still wading thru pinks in the salt. I'd lean towards 4th week of August to Labor Day weekend.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: 7mmfan on June 07, 2021, 08:10:05 AM
For a while, I would go out to Fort Casey or Bush Point on my birthday, August 20, and it was always red hot out there. Usually a few coho showing at that time as well on that side of the island. I think 3rd week on through Labor Day is peak run timing.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Stein on June 07, 2021, 09:01:03 AM
I looked at our logs and August 16 was our best day, meaning we got our six fish a few minutes faster than the other days.  We didn't fish every day, but I would say the third week would be a good bet.

Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: CP on June 07, 2021, 09:39:56 AM
Ty sir..

@CP

Yeah, 3rd or maybe the 4th week of Aug for the peak in 8-2.  Labor day is usually the beginning of the end of the run. 
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: cavemann on June 07, 2021, 09:44:32 AM
any area 11 guys on here for pinks??  I have same thing, son and his buddies coming in Aug 14-17..  Was going to hit river but saltwater pinks might be fun for them for something different.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Karl Blanchard on June 07, 2021, 10:09:44 AM
Any of you pink slayers end up with an open seat on a weekend that ISN'T Aug 28 and 29th I know a guy that wants to go catch some  :peep:
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Stein on June 07, 2021, 10:17:42 AM
I'm sure we can make that happen.  If I forget, hit me up when we get there.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on June 07, 2021, 10:23:28 AM
Same
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Karl Blanchard on June 07, 2021, 10:48:22 AM
 :IBCOOL:
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: fishngamereaper on June 07, 2021, 10:55:28 AM
Boy you guys are easy to please..

I'm glad no one is looking to hitch a ride for Chinook.... :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Kola16 on June 07, 2021, 11:48:00 AM
I agree with the others. Dead center of August for Shipwreck. Plus or minus 1 week, but one week later is better than earlier. That is splitting hairs though.....
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Karl Blanchard on June 07, 2021, 11:55:07 AM
Boy you guys are easy to please..

I'm glad no one is looking to hitch a ride for Chinook.... :chuckle:
who says nobody is lookin?  :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Bareback on June 07, 2021, 12:08:14 PM
On the west side of Whidbey I'd have to say the last week. Thereís still plenty of fish to get your pink fix in and itís the front end of coho. I much prefer a 2+2 limit instead of four humpies. Crowds seem to fizzle out by then too.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: fishngamereaper on June 07, 2021, 12:16:59 PM
If you guys are following north of falcon as of right now there are no bonus pinks penciled into the regs...2 fish limits... which is stupid...

I'm going to do everything I can to avoid pinks unless they give us the bonus.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Jonathan_S on June 07, 2021, 12:19:34 PM
@Karl Blanchard requires a professional handler and I'll be "willing" to keep him out of trouble if it comes down to it.

Boy you guys are easy to please..

I'm glad no one is looking to hitch a ride for Chinook.... :chuckle:

As a bonafide flatlander since 2003, I'm reeeeeeal easy to please  :chuckle: I was able to catch pinks from the bulkhead at my grandparent's place but it's been a long time.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Stein on June 07, 2021, 12:20:59 PM
Yeah, pinks are the one bright spot in the salmon fishery and they can't even let that good news through for a bonus limit.  The limit of 2 pinks when several million are coming back is pretty hard to argue the department is going to bat, but we all pretty much knew that before this anyway.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: fishngamereaper on June 07, 2021, 12:30:54 PM
@Karl Blanchard requires a professional handler and I'll be "willing" to keep him out of trouble if it comes down to it.

Boy you guys are easy to please..

I'm glad no one is looking to hitch a ride for Chinook.... :chuckle:

As a bonafide flatlander since 2003, I'm reeeeeeal easy to please  :chuckle: I was able to catch pinks from the bulkhead at my grandparent's place but it's been a long time.

You east side guys need handler's...geez. good to know.

 :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Karl Blanchard on June 07, 2021, 12:33:03 PM
If Jon is my handler and is supposed to keep me out of trouble we are doomed  :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: DryFlyGuy on June 08, 2021, 10:49:41 PM
I've got a camping spot at Deception Pass from August 9th-13.  My son and I will be fishing from shore or our kayak for pinks.  Are we going to be disappointed?
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: 7mmfan on June 09, 2021, 08:41:45 AM
I've got a camping spot at Deception Pass from August 9th-13.  My son and I will be fishing from shore or our kayak for pinks.  Are we going to be disappointed?

If you don't find them at the Pass, which you should, head down the Island a bit to Fort Casey. You will find them there.

Also, be careful fishing in your Kayaks at Deception Pass. You are probably aware, but it gets to absolutely ripping there, with big whirl pools and suckers. Not a friendly place for kayaks. Take it just around West Point and to the south and it's much friendlier and I'm sure there will be plenty of fish along that section.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: WAcoueshunter on June 09, 2021, 10:13:56 AM
I've got a camping spot at Deception Pass from August 9th-13.  My son and I will be fishing from shore or our kayak for pinks.  Are we going to be disappointed?

It should be loaded by then.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: blackpowderhunter on June 09, 2021, 12:02:37 PM
I've got a camping spot at Deception Pass from August 9th-13.  My son and I will be fishing from shore or our kayak for pinks.  Are we going to be disappointed?

If you don't find them at the Pass, which you should, head down the Island a bit to Fort Casey. You will find them there.

Also, be careful fishing in your Kayaks at Deception Pass. You are probably aware, but it gets to absolutely ripping there, with big whirl pools and suckers. Not a friendly place for kayaks. Take it just around West Point and to the south and it's much friendlier and I'm sure there will be plenty of fish along that section.
running through there the backend of my 23 ft'r gets squirrely sometimes.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: samsqatch on June 10, 2021, 08:24:56 AM
Any of you maybe know the best time for 5? I was thinking first week August by what Ive been reading here.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: The Fin on June 19, 2021, 10:16:38 AM
They have already caught some in area 10 fishing for Coho.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: SteelheadTed on June 25, 2021, 01:02:12 PM
any area 11 guys on here for pinks??  I have same thing, son and his buddies coming in Aug 14-17..  Was going to hit river but saltwater pinks might be fun for them for something different.

You'll be in them thick during those dates.  If you have the option, I would concentrate on the salt.  They are in better shape and you don't have to fish in crowds.  Cruise the beaches above Dash Point and on the Vashon side.  They will hang out close to shore and you can spot them porpoising and splashing around.  We jig for them almost exclusively (3/8" to 1/2" jigs) and it is often sight fishing.  So much fun.  No need to troll for them.  When I show people how we fish for them they are always surprised.  It is not a typical salt water technique.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Mtnwalker on June 25, 2021, 01:19:20 PM
any area 11 guys on here for pinks??  I have same thing, son and his buddies coming in Aug 14-17..  Was going to hit river but saltwater pinks might be fun for them for something different.

You'll be in them thick during those dates.  If you have the option, I would concentrate on the salt.  They are in better shape and you don't have to fish in crowds.  Cruise the beaches above Dash Point and on the Vashon side.  They will hang out close to shore and you can spot them porpoising and splashing around.  We jig for them almost exclusively (3/8" to 1/2" jigs) and it is often sight fishing.  So much fun.  No need to troll for them.  When I show people how we fish for them they are always surprised.  It is not a typical salt water technique.

Now that sounds like fun. Trolling for em can be a bit underwhelming
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: WSU on June 25, 2021, 01:41:54 PM
I fished for them 2 years ago for the first time in a decade or two.  Prior that I had just trolled.  I caught them in 2019 sight fishing and twitching jigs.  Way more fun and it seems more effective too.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on June 25, 2021, 02:21:12 PM
 :yeah:
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Stein on June 25, 2021, 02:54:22 PM
I bet my son he couldn't land one on the ice fishing rod.  I think they would also be very fun on kokanee gear.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: ASHQUACK on June 25, 2021, 04:21:07 PM
I bet my son he couldn't land one on the ice fishing rod.  I think they would also be very fun on kokanee gear.

We have a barbie rod tournament every pink season. Only rules are that you have to use a cartoon themed rod as equipped from the store. Biggest fish wins.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: jay.sharkbait on June 25, 2021, 04:30:45 PM
I bet my son he couldn't land one on the ice fishing rod.  I think they would also be very fun on kokanee gear.

We have a barbie rod tournament every pink season. Only rules are that you have to use a cartoon themed rod as equipped from the store. Biggest fish wins.

Oh heck yes!
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Taco280AI on June 25, 2021, 04:36:10 PM
In Sitka a couple years ago I'd cast into the schools rolling on the surface with a red and white daredevil. I think I went seven casts in a row that I hooked a fish. Could see schools swim by under the water that wouldn't take anything, but the ones up top, fish on!
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: ducks4days on June 25, 2021, 05:11:45 PM
I bet my son he couldn't land one on the ice fishing rod.  I think they would also be very fun on kokanee gear.

We have a barbie rod tournament every pink season. Only rules are that you have to use a cartoon themed rod as equipped from the store. Biggest fish wins.

I love it
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: 7mmfan on June 25, 2021, 05:28:44 PM
I've landed many on my 7' trout noodle rod. It is the absolute definition of a noodle. It's fun for a bit and then turns into work. When it comes to pinks I like the happy medium of power and lightweight so I can get them in and get to casting again! Really hoping to get my son, he'll be 4 then, onto a few of them to crank in.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: huntnphool on June 25, 2021, 05:43:57 PM
They are annoying while targeting silvers in August/Sept. We toss all of them back.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Stein on June 25, 2021, 05:52:15 PM
I bet my son he couldn't land one on the ice fishing rod.  I think they would also be very fun on kokanee gear.

We have a barbie rod tournament every pink season. Only rules are that you have to use a cartoon themed rod as equipped from the store. Biggest fish wins.

Do you get spooled?  That's what I'm thinking will happen with the ice fishing rod, you just have about zero leverage to turn it's head.  I think it has 6# line or somewhere around there.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: RB on June 25, 2021, 05:58:23 PM
In Sitka a couple years ago I'd cast into the schools rolling on the surface with a red and white daredevil. I think I went seven casts in a row that I hooked a fish. Could see schools swim by under the water that wouldn't take anything, but the ones up top, fish on!

 :yeah:

Starrigavin Creek in the mid 80's literally plugged with those dog gone things, it was fun to watch  :)
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: JimmyHoffa on June 25, 2021, 06:40:57 PM
There were so many in the Dungeness River a few years back that the schools upstream depleted the oxygen and it was killing the later running fish.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: RB on June 25, 2021, 09:23:43 PM
There were so many in the Dungeness River a few years back that the schools upstream depleted the oxygen and it was killing the later running fish.


It was fun watching a Big King work it's way through the rocks back in the early 80's on that river!  :)
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: 87Ford on June 25, 2021, 09:31:58 PM
They are annoying while targeting silvers in August/Sept. We toss all of them back.
Same here...I hate humpies  :sry:
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: ASHQUACK on June 25, 2021, 10:13:22 PM
I bet my son he couldn't land one on the ice fishing rod.  I think they would also be very fun on kokanee gear.

We have a barbie rod tournament every pink season. Only rules are that you have to use a cartoon themed rod as equipped from the store. Biggest fish wins.

Do you get spooled?  That's what I'm thinking will happen with the ice fishing rod, you just have about zero leverage to turn it's head.  I think it has 6# line or somewhere around there.

I haven't yet. But there's always a first time. The boat operator has to be on his game while fishing the tourney
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Stein on June 25, 2021, 11:50:07 PM
Ah, you back down on them like a big tuna.


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Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: rainshadow1 on June 26, 2021, 10:26:11 AM
There were so many in the Dungeness River a few years back that the schools upstream depleted the oxygen and it was killing the later running fish.


It was fun watching a Big King work it's way through the rocks back in the early 80's on that river!  :)


Not when I was a 8yo wearing hip boots working my way across those same rocks... that was terrifying!
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Bill W on June 26, 2021, 11:33:08 AM
Morning. Thinking about inviting my dad out for some humpy slaying. If you could pick one week to guess the run peak for timing when would it be. 3rd week in August maybe? Area 8-2 and 9 is the target zone.

Thanks

I'd want to make sure my fish were chrome and I'd target after the 15th of August and try to be on the front two thirds of the run.  This may be a hot dry summer and the fish will hang up in the cooler saltwater.  They do "change" in saltwater.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on July 27, 2021, 10:04:30 AM
Anyone hearing of inbound wave of humpies?
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: WAcoueshunter on July 27, 2021, 10:36:58 AM
Anyone hearing of inbound wave of humpies?

I haven't heard of many yet.  A few here and there.  The creel reports don't seem to show much either, even out in the Straits. 
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: fishngamereaper on July 27, 2021, 12:30:22 PM
They are loaded up out at Neah bay with some tickling in to Cq..
Tons of bait so they are in no hurry...need some weather to get the itch to move in by big numbers..

I would say 2-3 weeks they should be into the sound. Sept will be full wide open..
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: WAcoueshunter on July 27, 2021, 01:21:00 PM
They are loaded up out at Neah bay with some tickling in to Cq..
Tons of bait so they are in no hurry...need some weather to get the itch to move in by big numbers..

I would say 2-3 weeks they should be into the sound. Sept will be full wide open..

Makes sense.  We need some rain.  I can remember other dry summers where the kings and coho loaded up out there and waited as long as possible before they zipped up the rivers.  Made for lousy fishing in the Straits and Sound. 
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: CP on July 31, 2021, 09:07:17 AM
I donít know if many fish are in yet but Humpy madness has officially hit the Mukilteo launch today.  Parking is overflowing; just about any boat that can float is being put to use.  At least a dozen boats are fishing in area 8-2. 
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Rob on July 31, 2021, 09:58:02 AM
We get pinks in our creek in Monroe.  So far none have made an appearance. 
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Wingin it on August 02, 2021, 06:08:09 PM
I donít know if many fish are in yet but Humpy madness has officially hit the Mukilteo launch today.  Parking is overflowing; just about any boat that can float is being put to use.  At least a dozen boats are fishing in area 8-2.

InterestingÖ I didnít think 8-2 was open yet?
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Bareback on August 02, 2021, 06:15:58 PM
A friend of mine that stays at CQ all summer txtd me monday, said they were thick from the surface down to 120í. Theyíll  be here very soon.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: NRA4LIFE on August 02, 2021, 06:15:59 PM
It's not.  Aug. 14th.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: jasonstevens on August 02, 2021, 06:39:13 PM
8-2 is not open till the 14th but those people could be crabbing or fishing for something else. Who knows.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: 87Ford on August 02, 2021, 07:03:43 PM
Humpy timing?  I think if you wait till the second week of September in area 9, which I believe is open till Sept 30 for coho, you should miss most of those slimy, stinky humpies..  :sry:
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: CP on August 02, 2021, 07:08:00 PM
8-2 is not open till the 14th but those people could be crabbing or fishing for something else. Who knows.

Well, they were trolling so probably not crabbing, ... not sure what else they would be trolling for.  I'm just guessing they don't bother to read the regs.  I could be wrong, maybe they are trolling for flounder? 
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: NRA4LIFE on August 02, 2021, 07:39:25 PM
With a bit of rain in the forecast for late this week, next week could be strong.  My buds at the marina in Everett have nothing yet.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: CP on August 02, 2021, 07:49:57 PM
A friend of mine has caught 2 off the beach at Lincoln park over the last few days.  Not exactly red hot but they are showing up pretty much on schedule.

Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: CP on August 02, 2021, 07:51:27 PM
Humpy timing?  I think if you wait till the second week of September in area 9, which I believe is open till Sept 30 for coho, you should miss most of those slimy, stinky humpies..  :sry:

We need a new thread for Humpy hate speech, that would be interesting. 
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: pickardjw on August 03, 2021, 04:06:48 PM
I'm a salmon newbie, are the pinks not worth keeping once they're in the rivers? I was going to hit the Snoho when they start coming in...my boat isn't sound worthy.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: dub870 on August 03, 2021, 04:29:19 PM
Make sure you check. Last I heard the river is not open for pinks. Check for yourself though.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: bear on August 03, 2021, 04:30:02 PM
I'm a salmon newbie, are the pinks not worth keeping once they're in the rivers? I was going to hit the Snoho when they start coming in...my boat isn't sound worthy.

They are good for smoking. If you catch a really bright fresh one they can make decent bbq fair but cook it the same day.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: CP on August 03, 2021, 04:35:07 PM
I'm a salmon newbie, are the pinks not worth keeping once they're in the rivers? I was going to hit the Snoho when they start coming in...my boat isn't sound worthy.

The Snohomish is open from Aug 23 - Sept. 19.  Fish caught in the lower river through early Sept are usually just fine to eat.  If the scales are loose and they haven't slimed up yet, the meat will be fine.  If the aren't fit to eat I wouldn't waste the time and ingredients to smoke them.  Best to just release any that look iffy.

 
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Stein on August 03, 2021, 04:48:36 PM
I'm a salmon newbie, are the pinks not worth keeping once they're in the rivers? I was going to hit the Snoho when they start coming in...my boat isn't sound worthy.

You'd be surprised.  There will be plenty of dudes in 10' bathtubs out there fishing for pinks.  Not the best idea, but if you pick the right day and launch you can do fine.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: carlyoungs on August 03, 2021, 05:09:00 PM
I'm a salmon newbie, are the pinks not worth keeping once they're in the rivers? I was going to hit the Snoho when they start coming in...my boat isn't sound worthy.

You will get about a 90 percent answer of "their not bad smoked." I can tell you they are not good either. We save pinks for crab bait. I would rather eat a stocker trout over a pink. I am a salmon snob though. But they are fun for the kids to catch.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: jasonstevens on August 03, 2021, 05:18:00 PM
Pinks with good color are great to bbq if they turn there great for the smoker. Its salmon eat it.alot of great table fair don't let people down grade it. Better then thought in my opinion
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Jake Dogfish on August 03, 2021, 05:25:48 PM
Fresh pink on the bbq is delicious.  :EAT:
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: lokidog on August 03, 2021, 09:27:39 PM
Fresh pink on the bbq is delicious.  :EAT:

 :tup:
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Dan-o on August 03, 2021, 10:02:39 PM
I smoke a bunch.

It never lasts.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: slowhand on August 03, 2021, 10:17:53 PM
Treat the fish well when you catch it and you will be surprised how good a bright pink will taste.
Bleed the fish properly and put it on ice right away. They are a wonderful underrated fish and excellent for the smoker or the table.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Dan-o on August 03, 2021, 10:24:53 PM
Treat the fish well when you catch it and you will be surprised how good a bright pink will taste.
Bleed the fish properly and put it on ice right away. They are a wonderful underrated fish and excellent for the smoker or the table.

 :yeah:

Superb advice.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: huntnphool on August 03, 2021, 10:31:50 PM
https://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,241440.msg3567248.html#msg3567248
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: lokidog on August 04, 2021, 09:39:31 AM
I'm a salmon newbie, are the pinks not worth keeping once they're in the rivers? I was going to hit the Snoho when they start coming in...my boat isn't sound worthy.

You will get about a 90 percent answer of "their not bad smoked." I can tell you they are not good either. We save pinks for crab bait. I would rather eat a stocker trout over a pink. I am a salmon snob though. But they are fun for the kids to catch.

Apparently you do not know how to cook or smoke salmon.   :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: WSU on August 04, 2021, 10:33:05 AM
I'm a salmon newbie, are the pinks not worth keeping once they're in the rivers? I was going to hit the Snoho when they start coming in...my boat isn't sound worthy.

You will get about a 90 percent answer of "their not bad smoked." I can tell you they are not good either. We save pinks for crab bait. I would rather eat a stocker trout over a pink. I am a salmon snob though. But they are fun for the kids to catch.

Apparently you do not know how to cook or smoke salmon.   :chuckle:

I tend to agree that pinks are sub-par.  They are edible, but they certainly aren't anywhere close to as good as some other salmon. 
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: huntnphool on August 04, 2021, 10:35:13 AM
I'm a salmon newbie, are the pinks not worth keeping once they're in the rivers? I was going to hit the Snoho when they start coming in...my boat isn't sound worthy.

You will get about a 90 percent answer of "their not bad smoked." I can tell you they are not good either. We save pinks for crab bait. I would rather eat a stocker trout over a pink. I am a salmon snob though. But they are fun for the kids to catch.

Apparently you do not know how to cook or smoke salmon.   :chuckle:

I tend to agree that pinks are sub-par.  They are edible, but they certainly aren't anywhere close to as good as some other salmon.

 +1, they all get released.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Bareback on August 04, 2021, 11:20:39 AM
We did a blind fold taste test one year. BBQ coho and pinks. Some of the participants were ďhumpies suckĒ crowd. There wasnít one person whom could definitely tell a difference.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Bullkllr on August 04, 2021, 01:28:30 PM
They ain't fresh springer or fat-dripping ocean king or prime fresh coho, but they are salmon and still really good when fresh and cared for properly.

And most importantly, when in Rome...
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: GASoline71 on August 04, 2021, 01:34:10 PM
"Humpy Snobs"  :chuckle: :chuckle: :P :o :dunno:

Did I use enough smilies?

Gary
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: pickardjw on August 04, 2021, 03:07:35 PM
I like making fish cakes with most of my..."lesser quality" fish so sounds like they could be a good candidate for that. Still working my way through that 2019 thread. If anyone has any suggestions for a guy with a 14' boat and no downriggers ahead of the Snoho opening, my inbox is always open!  ;)
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: lokidog on August 05, 2021, 08:56:08 AM
They ain't fresh springer or fat-dripping ocean king or prime fresh coho, but they are salmon and still really good when fresh and cared for properly.

And most importantly, when in Rome...

EXACTLY!

Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: 3nails on August 05, 2021, 07:10:42 PM
 What's the best tide to fish off the shore? Or is first light good?
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on August 05, 2021, 07:45:45 PM
Incoming.😉
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Bareback on August 05, 2021, 08:09:04 PM
General rule I follow: minimum 6 feet of water moving, last two hours of flood, and a west to northwest wind. If itís low pressure I wonít go.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on August 06, 2021, 10:34:49 AM
Folks catching from shore ar Bush Point.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Angry Perch on August 06, 2021, 11:23:43 AM
I know nothing about pinks. Do they travel along shorelines, or are beach anglers just fishing at pinch points, or ??
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Dan-o on August 06, 2021, 11:38:30 AM
I know nothing about pinks. Do they travel along shorelines, or are beach anglers just fishing at pinch points, or ??

They are very catchable casting from shore along many areas.   

Best strategy is usually to fish something like 2 hours before high tide. 

Bait gets pushed in shore and the pinks follow them in. 

Every 3rd or 4th fish or so will actually strike within 3-8 feet of shore.   It will wake you up!
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: huntnphool on August 06, 2021, 11:42:30 AM
I know nothing about pinks. Do they travel along shorelines, or are beach anglers just fishing at pinch points, or ??

 Down here in 11 there are loads of people catching them from shore in seemingly open shallow water.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Taco280AI on August 06, 2021, 11:46:38 AM
Cast a red and white Daredevil into the schools that are rolling on top. Fish on
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Stein on August 06, 2021, 01:51:21 PM
They ain't fresh springer or fat-dripping ocean king or prime fresh coho, but they are salmon and still really good when fresh and cared for properly.

And most importantly, when in Rome...

EXACTLY!

 :yeah:

I eat them fresh, smoke some and can the rest when I catch them faster than I can eat them.  So, pretty much like any other salmon.

It's like saying  a sirloin steak is nowhere near wagyu prime rib so don't even bother.

Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: NRA4LIFE on August 06, 2021, 09:07:00 PM
Right on brother.  Eat, smoke, can.  Simple formula.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: WSU on August 06, 2021, 10:34:05 PM
They ain't fresh springer or fat-dripping ocean king or prime fresh coho, but they are salmon and still really good when fresh and cared for properly.

And most importantly, when in Rome...

EXACTLY!

 :yeah:

I eat them fresh, smoke some and can the rest when I catch them faster than I can eat them.  So, pretty much like any other salmon.

It's like saying  a sirloin steak is nowhere near wagyu prime rib so don't even bother.

Unless you fill your freezer with wagyu prime rib. The the lesser steaks donít find their way out of the freezerÖ
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: lokidog on August 06, 2021, 10:44:47 PM

Unless you fill your freezer with wagyu prime rib. The the lesser steaks donít find their way out of the freezerÖ

Well, the state won't let us fish for Wagyu, so..... :dunno:
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: WAcoueshunter on August 07, 2021, 01:22:02 PM
Unless you fill your freezer with wagyu prime rib. The the lesser steaks donít find their way out of the freezerÖ

I donít eat frozen pinks, those get canned or smoked. But Iíd eat fresh, same day pink over any frozen coho (and most frozen kings) any day.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: lokidog on August 07, 2021, 03:12:50 PM
Unless you fill your freezer with wagyu prime rib. The the lesser steaks donít find their way out of the freezerÖ

I donít eat frozen pinks, those get canned or smoked. But Iíd eat fresh, same day pink over any frozen coho (and most frozen kings) any day.

I will put my filets on a cookie sheet in the freezer, then glaze them before vacuum packing. They will keep for years in almost fresh condition, just fine for grilling.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: CP on August 07, 2021, 03:56:36 PM
This rain should get them moving.  I'm thinking the next few days will be lights out.

Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on August 07, 2021, 03:57:51 PM
Rods ready....we are heading out tomorrow.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: elkaholic123 on August 07, 2021, 03:59:10 PM
We caught 2 today south of Edmonds! We were not even targeting them. Going in the smoker in the morning.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: lokidog on August 07, 2021, 05:39:34 PM
Rods ready....we are heading out tomorrow.

Where are you heading?
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on August 07, 2021, 06:48:23 PM
Rods ready....we are heading out tomorrow.

Where are you heading?

We will be "those" guys on a pontoon. Gonna run to 9, cruise around looking for schools held up on the outgoing tide. Blind cast and see what happens.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: lokidog on August 07, 2021, 06:51:06 PM
Good luck, looks like it might be a bit breezy.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on August 08, 2021, 08:28:44 AM
Got one jigged up so far. Seen a few nets out.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: CP on August 08, 2021, 04:17:18 PM
Got one jigged up so far. Seen a few nets out.

What was the final tally?
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on August 08, 2021, 04:23:54 PM
For me, 1 iced. 1 lost at the boat.  Nobody else hooked up. Decent catch rate around us....we woukd have done better trolling.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: skidynastar33 on August 08, 2021, 07:04:46 PM
Fished Kingston for kings and picked up 4 pinks on king gear. They are definatly here. We were fishing deeper 115-175 and still catching them. Would have been easy limits if we raised up our gear. Spoons
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Stein on August 11, 2021, 07:02:34 AM
Is the entire 8-2 closed?  That's what the app is showing, but I thought it was only the portion north of the ferry.

Edit - looks like it opens on 8/14.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h2ofowlr on August 11, 2021, 07:37:15 AM
Is the entire 8-2 closed?  That's what the app is showing, but I thought it was only the portion north of the ferry.

Edit - looks like it opens on 8/14.

Believe it's only closed for kings.  Open for pinks and fin clipped silvers.  We fished off of Whidbey on Sunday and caught 5 pinks in 30 minute and lost another 4 at the change of the tide.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: CP on August 11, 2021, 07:40:05 AM
Is the entire 8-2 closed?  That's what the app is showing, but I thought it was only the portion north of the ferry.

Edit - looks like it opens on 8/14.

Believe it's only closed for kings.  Open for pinks and fin clipped silvers.  We fished off of Whidbey on Sunday and caught 5 pinks in 30 minute and lost another 4 at the change of the tide.

No, 8-2 is closed until the 14th for all salmon.  Area 9 is open.


Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: kball4 on August 11, 2021, 07:46:08 AM
Rivers are gonna be rough this year for fishing with the amount of silk coming off the glacier melt.  They all look like chocolate milk.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: pickardjw on August 12, 2021, 12:04:38 PM
Anyone hitting the Skagit for the 8/14 opener?
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Bareback on August 12, 2021, 12:08:25 PM
West side Whidbey is full on. Expect to see silvers in the mix in two weeks.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: O. Nerka on August 12, 2021, 12:16:39 PM
I'm on the NW side of San Juan and there are humpies jumping all over the place. I sure wish I could be fishing for them!!
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Stein on August 12, 2021, 12:20:48 PM
I'll be trolling right down the middle of the channel just south of the ferry Saturday.  Probably going to hit 9 tomorrow.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on August 12, 2021, 12:25:56 PM
Excellent.  Bro in law reporting surface schools yesterday.  OCfish and I are hesding out Saturday,  late am to drop pots and bonk fish. Good luck!
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: DryFlyGuy on August 12, 2021, 06:17:21 PM
My son and I fished Bush Point yesterday from a kayak and we limited in 3 hours.  My wife and I went out just south of the PT ferry this morning and caught 2 in an hour. We saw people doing almost as good from shores, so the fish are definitely here on the island.

Before this we were trying to fish from the Port Townsend area without any luck.   I put in 8+ hours fishing from Fort Worden without any hook ups before finding the fish on Whidbey.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Stein on August 13, 2021, 05:09:20 PM
We ended up going today instead of tomorrow, hit the 8/2-9 line at the crack of 10:15 and proceeded to whack 2 fish as fast as I could get the gear in the water, literally in under 3 minutes.  2 in the box, ok, going to be quick.  We then took 90 minutes to raise the rest of our fish, we chased them deeper, did a few textbook pink releases at the net and I think lost 4-5 to bring our average back down to normal ranges.

Good numbers around, but I didn't see the monster schools yet, should be stacking in every tide change.  We wasted some time throwing jigs but couldn't find large enough schools, just a few here and there.  10:15 bite was at 40', picked up the last one at 100', wasn't sure if they were pinks or coho, but they were pinks.

White flasher, short leader, pink hoochie.  Troll as slow as you think you should and then a bit slower.  We didn't get bit any time our speed picked up beyond the absolute bare minimum required to barely move the flasher.  Thus, you can only go with the current unless you want to be holding in place.

8-2 had jumpers and plenty of fur bags, so they should be in there as well, but if not, just keep trolling south into 9.  Don't be afraid to get out of the crowd, we outfished every boat I was watching and we were either the farthest boat out or only had one or two beyond us.

I tried to circle around and hit the same school again twice and struck out both times and ended up turning around again and going with the current, so I would just lock in a direction and keep going.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: 3nails on August 13, 2021, 09:05:24 PM
 On a whim I went and fished Deception Pass today. Website said the gates opened at 6 30. I got to the gate and waited at 5 45. At 8 15 they finally opened it. Said they forgot!  :yike:  Anyways, fished a couple hours with a handful of other disgruntled fishermen. Nobody touched a fish. Never even saw one jump.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Jonathan_S on August 14, 2021, 06:46:17 PM
"Deception Pass"
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: 3nails on August 14, 2021, 07:38:04 PM
"Deception Pass"
:chuckle:
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: X-Force on August 14, 2021, 09:03:48 PM
"Deception Pass"
:chuckle:

Looks like a packed beach on tonightís incoming tide.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on August 14, 2021, 09:05:52 PM
We went 3 for 5.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Dan-o on August 14, 2021, 09:19:49 PM
Nice

I think I'm gonna cast off the beach at tomorrow morning's high tide.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: X-Force on August 15, 2021, 07:38:52 PM
Family had a great day on the beach today. Sand, toys, we took home 3.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: pickardjw on August 16, 2021, 08:44:13 AM
Skagit was tough as predicted. Couldn't see my jig half an inch below the surface. Only saw a couple guys get hits on bottom rigs but no fish landed. Wonder if it's gonna clear up any time soon...
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Stein on August 16, 2021, 09:22:08 AM
I couldn't believe how murky the Skagit was when I drove over it yesterday.  Stilly was normal but I don't remember seeing the Skagit that bad.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on August 18, 2021, 03:04:26 PM
They are getting thicker out there.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Dysfunctional Vet on August 18, 2021, 03:35:50 PM
Caught a ton of pinks in area 5 this weekend so there are more in route.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: BLH69 on August 18, 2021, 05:55:15 PM
 Released 3 in 10 today.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: RB on August 18, 2021, 09:10:10 PM
Three limits in Humpy Hollow today, lots jumping, and marking on depth finder. Released one decent native Coho that was gut hooked. Fished past the cabins on the mainland south of Muk (two retaining walls with graffiti was the hot spot), and trolled almost to Shipwreck and back. Put in about 7am in Everett and barely made it out, had to chop some mud to get away from dock, was done by 11 am. Unfortunately each day has cost me more than the next, but that is what it takes to own a boat hahaha.  :tup:
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: NRA4LIFE on August 19, 2021, 06:04:03 PM
Had 1 in the boat this morning before the second line was wet!  2 more in the next 10 minutes before a catastrophic downrigger failure.  Had to fish with only 1 and picked up the 4th in another 1/2 hour.  Only problem was that we had a little over an hour soak on our crab pots and only got 6.  We were in the same place RB.  Started at the cabins trolling south and never even got close to the shipwreck.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: CP on August 24, 2021, 09:34:45 AM
I'd say the peak is right now, in area 8-2.  Pinks everywhere, right off the Muk boat launch, jumpers from there to the shipwreck and beyond.

Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: KP-Skagit on August 24, 2021, 09:55:54 AM
I couldn't believe how murky the Skagit was when I drove over it yesterday.  Stilly was normal but I don't remember seeing the Skagit that bad.

Anyone want to sign my petition to dam the Sauk River? Cooler temps are improving things a bit. Friends are getting limits now. I need to find some time...
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Stein on August 24, 2021, 10:02:14 AM
Skagit was noticeably better yesterday, should be decent fishing.

I'm shooting at hitting Muk tomorrow for some crab and pinks, just cleaned out the freezer yesterday and ready to go for the big push of pinks and coho.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: NRA4LIFE on August 24, 2021, 10:22:05 AM
Crab tomorrow?
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Stein on August 24, 2021, 10:28:19 AM
Hah, probably not.   :chuckle:

Unless I go off the dock which seems to be open most of the year.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on August 24, 2021, 12:09:44 PM
Massive schools....easy fishing. Spot em, cast, catch em.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Stein on August 24, 2021, 12:15:18 PM
My kind of fishing.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Sutherland on August 24, 2021, 01:51:10 PM
 :yeah:
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: duckmen1 on August 24, 2021, 02:02:59 PM
Massive schools....easy fishing. Spot em, cast, catch em.

Wish it was that easy. South sound has been slow. 30 minute window of a few fish then just dead for hours.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Angry Perch on August 24, 2021, 02:16:04 PM
Massive schools....easy fishing. Spot em, cast, catch em.

Got into a little of that last week in 6. Fun stuff man!
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: NRA4LIFE on August 24, 2021, 03:15:58 PM
WHA??  A MN boy bonking salmon out in the salt?  Now I've heard it all.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Angry Perch on August 24, 2021, 03:54:32 PM
WHA??  A MN boy bonking salmon out in the salt?  Now I've heard it all.

Oh, trust me, a Minnesota boy tying on a big chunk of pink lead was a bit skeptical... until I wasn't!

My wife Jennifer has a little experience. Her friend Jennifer had literally never cast a fishing lure in her life. Nice to luck into looking like a fishing guide once in a while!

Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: jay.sharkbait on August 24, 2021, 04:27:19 PM
WHA??  A MN boy bonking salmon out in the salt?  Now I've heard it all.

Oh, trust me, a Minnesota boy tying on a big chunk of pink lead was a bit skeptical... until I wasn't!

My wife Jennifer has a little experience. Her friend Jennifer had literally never cast a fishing lure in her life. Nice to luck into looking like a fishing guide once in a while!

Iíve always been fond of twins.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: 7mmfan on August 24, 2021, 07:40:55 PM
WHA??  A MN boy bonking salmon out in the salt?  Now I've heard it all.

Oh, trust me, a Minnesota boy tying on a big chunk of pink lead was a bit skeptical... until I wasn't!

My wife Jennifer has a little experience. Her friend Jennifer had literally never cast a fishing lure in her life. Nice to luck into looking like a fishing guide once in a while!


That's a fine looking pair of... pinks.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Igor on August 24, 2021, 07:48:00 PM
Is that Lurch on the right ??
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: elkaholic123 on August 24, 2021, 07:55:47 PM
4 yesterday and 4 today!
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Stein on August 26, 2021, 08:06:10 AM
Got out yesterday for 2 hours late am after some work.  Picked up a double at 85', missed a couple and then headed home.  There were fish being caught, but I didn't see the massive schools on sonar like two years ago so maybe they have already moved up.  The schools were small and pretty spread out with quite a bit of blank screen in between.

I didn't see any seals south of the ferry like last time I was out.  Daylight or tide change would likely be better, we were pretty much dead middle of outgoing.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on August 26, 2021, 08:15:34 AM
Yesterday was a two man limit in less than 30 min....big schools on the surface.  Haven't been bothering with the riggers.....spot and cast.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on August 26, 2021, 08:16:57 AM
Some nice size to them.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: D-Rock425 on August 26, 2021, 08:35:01 AM
Yesterday was a two man limit in less than 30 min....big schools on the surface.  Haven't been bothering with the riggers.....spot and cast.
where have you been fishing.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on August 26, 2021, 08:36:03 AM
Between muk and shipwreck...just cruising and casting to schools
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: D-Rock425 on August 26, 2021, 09:49:51 AM
Between muk and shipwreck...just cruising and casting to schools
if my wife would let me buy a boat I'd go fishing too.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: 7mmfan on August 27, 2021, 09:21:39 AM
Any reports from the Whidbey Island beaches the last day or two? Thinking about trying to sneak out there Sunday maybe.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on August 28, 2021, 02:50:37 PM
Some massive schools this am.....

The caption reads as such.....


"Uh, dad.....hello.....I parked the truck....can I get in the boat please?"
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Angry Perch on August 28, 2021, 10:27:03 PM
Some massive schools this am.....

The caption reads as such.....


"Uh, dad.....hello.....I parked the truck....can I get in the boat please?"

Classic! Always have a line in the water!
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on August 29, 2021, 06:43:51 AM
Yup ... massive school swam right past the launch at Mukilteo as I put the boat in the water.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Heartsblood on August 29, 2021, 01:05:59 PM
Yup ... massive school swam right past the launch at Mukilteo as I put the boat in the water.

What time did you put in this morning? Me and the GF are looking to fish from the beach there and I am just interested in seeing what the tide was like. Thx
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on August 29, 2021, 09:56:10 PM
I've been putting in at Muk around 8ish to 9. Today was ridiculous.  Cast, twitch,  fish on. Easy limits, some good crab. Fished 7 out of the last 8 days. Bonked a bunch of humpies, got some crab, all good. Even got a mile swim in this am along the shoreline before shipwreck. No wetsuit,  no head covering....just 60 degree clear water and rolling waves. Good day it was.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Heartsblood on August 30, 2021, 10:17:29 AM
Me and the GF limited from the beach this morning. 3 in 45 minutes. Another hour and I had my second. :)
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Stein on August 30, 2021, 10:34:46 AM
Cool, I need some more in the freezer and finally have some time to fish.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on August 30, 2021, 07:21:38 PM
Well...for me the season is in the books. Not sure how many meals overall we've had or how many lbs of raw or smoked I've handed out, dropped off, or has been eaten.  But, after all is said in done I'm left with a measly 27 pounds of smoked pink.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: X-Force on August 30, 2021, 07:24:55 PM
Wish we had a like button! Awesome
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Mfowl on August 31, 2021, 03:01:49 PM
I work near the Duwamish down near the Boeing campus. The pinks finally starting showing in the river this week. See multiples jumping every time I pass by. Last week was dead, only saw a couple risers all week. Plenty of people fishing. Should be good from here out!
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Taco280AI on August 31, 2021, 03:04:18 PM
27 pounds, that looks awesome  :tup:
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on August 31, 2021, 03:12:06 PM
Shucks....sorry...that's only 17 pounds.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: jay.sharkbait on August 31, 2021, 03:42:42 PM
Any guesses on when they will arrive at Nisqually? I was down there last weekend and didnít see any.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: NRA4LIFE on August 31, 2021, 04:35:35 PM
Head north young man.  We finally had to stop the other day.  When the first mate says "what the heck are we going to do with all these &*^ damned things", it's time to go home and do other things.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: bigdub257 on August 31, 2021, 05:29:41 PM
Any guesses on when they will arrive at Nisqually? I was down there last weekend and didnít see any.

I've heard of a few caught there already.  Caught a couple just north of there last week.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: cavemann on September 01, 2021, 10:29:39 AM
Well...for me the season is in the books. Not sure how many meals overall we've had or how many lbs of raw or smoked I've handed out, dropped off, or has been eaten.  But, after all is said in done I'm left with a measly 27 pounds of smoked pink.
Cold smoke??  How long and what temp?  I can figure out the rest.  Finally started keeping pinks this year.  Going to try a batch in next weekend or two.

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Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: h20hunter on September 01, 2021, 10:52:33 AM
Super simple

Brine is dry, 1 part kosher salt 3 parts brown sugar, fully cover 4 hours. Cold water rinse, let sit 1 hour. 3 to 4 hour smoke, low tem 180 ish on the dial. When pin bones pull out clean and fish is desired color remove,  cool, pull bones, vac pack.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Angry Perch on September 01, 2021, 11:05:01 AM
Super simple

Brine is dry, 1 part kosher salt 3 parts brown sugar, fully cover 4 hours. Cold water rinse, let sit 1 hour. 3 to 4 hour smoke, low tem 180 ish on the dial. When pin bones pull out clean and fish is desired color remove,  cool, pull bones, vac pack.

Glad to hear you say that. I finally had an epiphany that they were way easier to pull after than before!
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: cavemann on September 01, 2021, 02:37:30 PM
Right on, thanks!!!  And yes, love idea of pulling bones after

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Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Heartsblood on September 01, 2021, 05:41:58 PM
Little bit of a slow down today at Lighthouse. Lisa landed a 6.6 pound buck but that was the only one caught all morning. I am wondering if there's still some days left on the salt down there or if we should head to the river yet? Thoughts?

Love fishing the beach.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Afraiman on September 02, 2021, 06:29:21 AM
looking to pull some Pinks out of the Duwamish. Where does one park/ is it safe to use the 1st street ramp or is it better to run from Alki?
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Mfowl on September 02, 2021, 08:19:35 AM
looking to pull some Pinks out of the Duwamish. Where does one park/ is it safe to use the 1st street ramp or is it better to run from Alki?

1st Ave ramp is way more convenient but parking is miserable around there and the odds of a break in are high. I would go from Don Armeni, more hassle to get to but safer for your vehicle!
Oh yeah, DO NOT stop at the 7/11 before the ramp. It is hiway robbery in that place! Get your ice, snacks, drinks somewhere else! I walked out of that store w/my stuff on the counter. Could not believe the prices.
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: CP on September 02, 2021, 08:52:36 AM
Little bit of a slow down today at Lighthouse. Lisa landed a 6.6 pound buck but that was the only one caught all morning. I am wondering if there's still some days left on the salt down there or if we should head to the river yet? Thoughts?

Love fishing the beach.

Boats are still limiting in the salt but you'll probably have a better chance of getting in casting range of the fish off the river bank.

Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Heartsblood on September 03, 2021, 03:12:16 PM
Little bit of a slow down today at Lighthouse. Lisa landed a 6.6 pound buck but that was the only one caught all morning. I am wondering if there's still some days left on the salt down there or if we should head to the river yet? Thoughts?

Love fishing the beach.

Boats are still limiting in the salt but you'll probably have a better chance of getting in casting range of the fish off the river bank.

Thanks. Yeah that's the feeling I get too. We tried again today. Saw 2 caught. There are still jumpers. I think it's still doable, but you'll put your work in. Unless of course you show up at the right place, right time. We do love fishing the salt from the beach. But I suppose it's about time to mosey up into the river systems now. :)
Title: Re: 2021, Pink Salmon, Timing Question
Post by: Stein on September 03, 2021, 04:15:10 PM
Crazy number of pinks in the salt, all the way from Possession up into the river.  Easy limits if you have a boat, still should be doable from shore I would think.
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