Anglers have many options this week
Bountiful is an understatement in the number of activities happening this month. The lingcod fishery from Sekiu into Puget Sound opened...
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seattle native and lifelong angler Mark Yuasa blogs on fishing in the Pacific Northwest.
Bountiful is an understatement in the number of activities happening this month.
The lingcod fishery from Sekiu into Puget Sound opened Wednesday, and catches were good for private and charter boats.
"We had seven nice lingcod and it wasn't slam-dunk-fast fishing, but we saw quite a few fish caught," said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett. "The fish were scattered all over Possession Bar."
The lingcod fishery remains open daily through June 15. Daily limit is one lingcod with a minimum size limit of 26 inches and maximum limit of 36 inches.
Traditional lingcod holes are outside the Elliott Bay, Shilshole and Edmonds marina jetties; Scatchet Head and Possession Bar off the south side of Whidbey Island; south of Hat Island; southeast of Alki Point near the green buoys; Point Evans; and Toliva Shoals.
Starting Saturday, many will be dropping their shrimp pots in Puget Sound and Hood Canal searching for tasty, jumbo-sized spot shrimp. Before heading out check for specific hours and dates shrimping is allowed at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/.
Last weekend's lowland lake trout opener lured thousands of anglers who found decent action.
Top King County lakes were Walker, 3.4 trout per rod; Geneva, 3.1; Pine, 3.2 and North, 4.6. In Skagit County try Erie, 4.6; Heart, 3.4; and McMurray, 3.5.
In Snohomish County go to Armstrong, 2.9; Stickney, 3.4; Serene, 3.0; Echo, 3.1; Wagner, 4.3, Bosworth, 3.0; and Martha at Alderwood Manor, 4.5. In Whatcom County head to Silver, 3.0; Cain, 4.0 and Padden, 3.4. To see how other statewide lakes fared go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/may0113a/.
On the coast, bottomfishing for lingcod and black rockfish remains excellent, and anglers can add halibut into the mix.
Ilwaco opens for halibut Friday, Westport on Sunday, and La Push and Neah Bay open May 9. The eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca and much of Puget Sound opens Thursday. Most areas are also open on additional dates, and anglers can check the rules pamphlet.
Lastly, a new salmon fishery at Neah Bay and La Push opens May 10-11 and May 17-18 for hatchery chinook.
|Spring chinook effort and catch improving at Drano Lake and Wind River. Fair for spring chinook and steelhead in Cowlitz. Light effort and catch in Kalama and Lewis, and both are closed for chinook. Fair for steelhead caught in Washougal. Slow in Klickitat. Bank anglers were catching some spring chinook in Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools. Some sections of Snake River are open for spring chinook, and check the rules at http://wdfw.wa.gov/.|
|Coastal razor clams||The digs April 24-29 produced easy 15-clam daily limits with 50,460 digger trips and 758,797 clams harvested. Crowds were lower than anticipated on beaches north of Grays Harbor, and additional digs are planned this month with an announcement coming out soon.|
|Marine areas||Hatchery chinook fishing is closed in the San Juan Islands, south central Puget Sound, Hood Canal and areas on the east side of Whidbey Island. Only southern Puget Sound south of the Narrows Bridge remains open for salmon.|