Much success with coho fishing
There are plenty of decent fishing activities heading into the holiday weekend. "This is the best Puget Sound coho fishing we've seen in...
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seattle native and lifelong angler Mark Yuasa blogs on fishing in the Pacific Northwest.
There are plenty of decent fishing activities heading into the holiday weekend.
"This is the best Puget Sound coho fishing we've seen in at least 10 years, and we've come back with easy (two-fish per rod daily) limits for about 10 days now," said Steve Kesling, owner of Adventure Charters in Shilshole Bay.
"These are very aggressive feeders, and we've had a lot of years when the coho have come back in good numbers but aren't willing to bite," said Kesling. "It is harder to not catch fish than it is to catch them."
Good coho spots are both sides of Whidbey Island, Point No Point, Mukilteo south to Meadowdale, Edmonds to Richmond Beach, Jefferson Head, Skiff Point off Bainbridge Island and Shilshole Bay south to West Point.
Shore anglers are having good success for coho off the west side of Whidbey Island at Bush Point, Lagoon Point and Fort Casey. Also try the beaches off Marrowstone Island, Point Wilson and Point No Point.
The good times on coho are also rolling along in the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Sekiu to Port Angeles.
"We've still got good numbers of coho coming in," said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife checker in the Strait. "The coho seem to be closer to the surface with a lot just 30 to 40 feet down."
The coastal albacore tuna fishery is good with a 40-pounder on the derby leaderboard at Westport.
"Tuna was a little bit slower than the week before, although we saw some pretty successful trips up north out of Neah Bay and La Push," said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.
"Westport charters were doing really well on tuna and close to 10 fish per person, but it ranged anywhere from eight to 20," Beeghly said. "The private boats' success has varied across the board, from zero fish all the way up to 14 per rod."
Neah Bay was the hot spot for salmon with a 1.3 fish-per-rod average, and almost the entire catch was coho. At La Push it was 1.1 with the majority being coho.
At Westport, anglers averaged 0.80 per rod, which was really good since the weather this week wasn't too cooperative and a little more than half the catch was chinook. At Ilwaco it was 0.60 fish per rod, and more than half were chinook and the hatchery mark rate on coho dropped off.
The Buoy 10 salmon fishery at the Lower Columbia River mouth near Ilwaco and Astoria remains good.
"There was a pretty good chinook bite at Buoy 10, and (on Tuesday, state Fish and Wildlife) decided to keep it open as planned through Labor Day," said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. "Originally they allocated 13,900 chinook at Buoy 10, but it will be closer to 24,000, which is the largest catch the past two decades."
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"Very good for perch and cutthroat in Lake Washington," said Jerry Beppu, owner of Linc's Tackle Shop in Seattle. Try for perch from Mount Baker to Seward Park, Madison Park, Mercer Island, Arrowhead Point and Kenmore area.
Baker Lake and Lake Wenatchee have slowed down for sockeye. Lake Sammamish is open for chinook, but spotty. Good for trout at Lake Goodwin and Shoecraft Lake. Bumping Lake and Lake Kachess are worth a try for kokanee. Good for lake trout in Lake Chelan. Fair to good for trout, bass and walleye in the Potholes Reservoir.
|Statewide rivers||Lower Columbia has improved for chinook mainly from Longview up to Vancouver with a good bite in the Woodland area. Slow to fair for steelhead and a few chinook in Lower Columbia. Fair for chinook in Drano Lake and Washougal River. Spotty for steelhead in the Wind River. Lower Cowlitz has a nice mix of steelhead and chinook, and the Upper Cowlitz has been good for steelhead. Slow for sockeye, but good for kings in the Upper Columbia around the Brewster Pool. Fair for steelhead in the Upper Skykomish and Reiter Ponds. Samish River is open for kings, and has improved. Fair to good for kings in the Skokomish River below the Highway 101 Bridge, but expect combat fishing. Lower Puyallup is open for salmon. Many other rivers open this Saturday for salmon, and check the regulation pamphlet for specifics. Fair in the Sol Duc for coho.|
|Squid jigging has started with some catching them off the Bremerton waterfront piers, and some starting to try places like Pier 86 off Seattle waterfront. Slow to fair for kings and coho off Edmonds. Slow for kings and coho in San Juan Islands. Slow to fair for kings at Dolphin Point off Vashon Island, Brace Point and the Tacoma area. Slow to fair for hatchery kings in Hood Canal south of Ayock Point. Quilcene Bay is open for coho, and has improved.|