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Chinook fishing heats up at Sekiu | Outdoors

Fishing options are blooming all across the state, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca is spot-on for catching salmon. "The chinook fishing at...

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Seattle native and lifelong angler Mark Yuasa blogs on fishing in the Pacific Northwest.

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Fishing options are blooming all across the state, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca is spot-on for catching salmon.

"The chinook fishing at Sekiu lit up like light bulbs on a Christmas tree, and we got our daily limit (one chinook per angler) easily," said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association, who fished Monday and Tuesday.

"We fished Eagle Bay and Slip Point in 100 to 125 feet of water, and had 17 chinook to the boat (9 to 12 pounds)," Floor said. "Lots of baitfish schools around Eagle Bay, and if you just worked around the bait it was pretty much automatic to catch fish."

A check at Olson's Resort in Sekiu revealed seven boats with 19 anglers last Saturday caught 16 chinook; and six boats with 21 anglers last Sunday caught 19 chinook.

Elsewhere in the Strait, five boats with eight anglers last Sunday at Freshwater Bay ramp caught eight chinook. Other good action has occurred in eastern Strait at Hein Bank, Coyote Bank, Winter Hole off Port Angeles and Protection Island.

The lingcod and black rockfish fisheries off the south-central and southern coast remains excellent with relatively calm seas.

The boat Slammer out of Deep Sea Charters in Westport on Tuesday had a stellar outing with 20 anglers landing 210 black rockfish and 42 lingcod. Other ports open for lingcod are Ilwaco and La Push.

Another great coastal option has been the very productive coastal razor clam digs, which switch to morning hours (open until noon each day) on March 28 and 31 at Twin Harbors; and March 29-30 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks.

For details, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.

Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or myuasa@seattletimes.com

Fishing report
Location Comment
Statewide

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Slow to fair for spring chinook in Lower Columbia. Last week, 2,209 anglers caught 104 spring chinook and two steelhead. Fair to good for steelhead Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Calawah and Hoh. Slow to fair for steelhead in Cowlitz and Kalama. Fair in John Day Pool for walleye and bass.
Biting: Yes

Rating: 2 stars

Westside lakes In King County, Beaver was planted with 7,000 trout, and 261 trout averaging 1 ½ pounds; Green, 17,844; Alice, 787 trout; and Meridian, 10,000. In Snohomish County try Ballinger, 6,400; Cassidy, 3,570; Flowing, 5,992; Gissburg, 2,000; Ketchum, 2,000; Loma, 1,715; Shoecraft, 4,860; Lost (Maltby), 1,195; Martha Warm Beach, 3,000; Panther, 1,499; and Silver, 6,005. In Thurston County try Black, 21,000. In Mason County try Nahwatzel, 5,497. In Island County try Cranberry, 6,530; and Lone, 3,000. In Wahkiakum County Leroy Burns Pond got 2,448. Klineline Pond was planted with 1,000 half-pound brown trout. For plantings, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/. The statewide lowland-lakes trout opener is April 27. Riffe Lake in Southwest Washington is good for landlocked coho.
Biting: Yes

Rating: 3 stars

Eastside lakes Good trolling for kokanee and lake trout in Lake Chelan. Caliche, Martha, Quincy, Burke, Dusty, Lenice and Nunnally are fair to good for trout. Rufus Woods Reservoir is fair for trout. Roses in Chelan County is good bet for trout. The Potholes Reservoir is good for trout and walleye.
Biting: Yes

Rating: 3 stars

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