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Browns Point Chinook

By on July 3, 2015

Each week one of the Salmon University experts answers reader questions in our “Ask a Pro” feature. This week’s questions are answered by Tom Nelson. Submit your own question here.

Q: When are the salmon runs at Browns Point [Washington]? – Art

A: Hi Art – the summer Chinook start trickling past Browns Point in early July. The peak of the summer Chinook run will be from about mid-July to the third week of August. Shortly after that the Coho start coming by and this run will usually last until the latter part of September and that will be followed by Chum until the latter part of November.

Q: Just wondering: why the popularity of cutplug herring over whole herring in a helmet? Seems like the helmet would ensure a longer-lasting bait. – Dale

A: Hi Dale- the cut plug herring has been used since people first started mooching for salmon. It is still the best way to mooch for salmon. If you are trolling for salmon, the herring in a helmet ensures longer lasting bait and ease of rigging, I personally use the Pro-Troll Roto Chip Bait Holder as the agitator fin gives a nice tight roll to the herring.

Q: Do you know the GPS numbers for the Eastern Bank? Thank you – Gene

A: Hi Gene- GPS coordinates for Eastern Bank are N 48 degrees 17’ x W 123 degrees 58’. It is a large bank located between Port Townsend and the San Juan Islands. Technically it is in Area 7.


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Tom Nelson
Tom Nelson is the publisher of Known throughout the Pacific Northwest as the “Dean of Saltwater Fishing,” he has helped develop and test tackle and gear for Scotty, Pro-Troll and Silver Horde, is a regular speaker at area sports shows, has taught more than 5,000 students how to fish during his classes at western Washington community colleges, and is the co-founder of the Puget Sound Anglers.