Scene in Edmonds: Marina net pen ready for salmon

On Saturday, volunteers from the Puget Sound Anglers Association Sno-King Chapter assembled the 2022 version of the coho salmon net pen in Edmonds.

In a couple of weeks, 30,000 salmon from the Issaquah fish hatchery will be introduced to Edmonds waters. After spending a few months below the Edmonds pier for imprinting, they will be released to mature. When it comes time to spawn, the hope is that the survivors will return to the Edmonds area to lay eggs or be caught by local fishermen.

The Puget Sound Anglers Association Sno-King Chapter holds club meetings monthly the second Wednesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. at the Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center, 23000 Lakeview Dr., Mountlake Terrace. The meetings are free and open to the public, with no membership required.

— Photos by Doug Parrott

6 Replies to “Scene in Edmonds: Marina net pen ready for salmon”

  1. Another “Edmonds Kind of Day” where volunteers are out benefiting everyone. These coho salmon will come back in two years providing fishing opportunity for Edmonds residents as well as visitors to our City. I sure enjoyed helping Puget Sound Anglers with this annual volunteer event.

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  2. These salmon return in pretty good numbers. One year I observed schools of them swimming in very shallow water along the fishing pier breakwater and the beach bulkhead just North of there. These fish, that don’t get caught, swim around for some time looking for spawning water and when they don’t find it, they probably find the nearest stream of opportunity to complete their life cycle. This is a great volunteer program. Thanks PSA.

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    1. That’s really cool! Mind if I ask what time of the year they generally come back? Last year I limited my pier fishing to July and August when the Chinook were running, and turned to Kitsap and Whidbey beaches for Coho, but it would be cool to take home some fish that were raised right by the pier

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  3. I wonder if the hatchery Coho that occasionally return to Lunds Gulch, Perrinville, and other local creeks are strays from net pens or river based hatchery’s.

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  4. I think all these late release hatchery CoHo become pretty much Puget Sound and Staights resident fish. If allowed, you could probably catch these resident fish year around locally, especially around Jefferson Head. We always used to start getting smaller, usually fin clipped hatchery CoHo starting around the first week of Sept. Some CoHo Jack’s too (1 year ocean early spawners). Big ocean run CoHo later on until Nov.

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