Summer is here and there are a number of possibilities to get out on the water and enjoy our natural Puget Sound Resources. Some ideas:
1. Crabbing is now open in Areas 9, 10, and 11. Try Alki Beach, 4 Mile Rock near Magnolia, Vashon and Bainbridge Islands. Reports coming in indicate catches from 25 feet to 100 feet of water. Above all check regulations and immediately record your catch before putting the pot back in the water. You will get ticketed if you don't comply.
2. King Salmon opens in Area 9 and 10 July 16. There is a limited allocation in both areas and the season will close early if the allocation is reached. Lincoln Park, Yoemalt Point, Dash Point, and Dolphin Point are all popular areas. Fish hootchies and spoons 50 to 70 feet deep early in the AM.
3. Lake Washington reopened to perch, bass, and cutthroat trout. However be aware that the lake will close to all fishing in September/October to protect the Coho run. This also applies to Lake Sammamish.
4.Farther afield spot prawn seasons are still open. Area 6 and Area 7 West are open all summer with generous 160 shrimp limits. Area 7 South just reopened from July 9 to 16 again with a 160 shrimp limit. These areas all have strong currents so be sure your pots are well weighted and try to fish the tide changes (slack).