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La Push, Neah Bay to lure chinook anglers

Washington’s north coast will lure many salmon anglers for the hatchery-marked chinook fishery opener.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Many salmon anglers will be heading to the northern coast when the hatchery-marked chinook fishery opens this weekend at La Push and Neah Bay.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how the fisheries go up north,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist, “and before the commercial troll fishery closed (more than two weeks ago) they found good numbers of fish.”

Meanwhile, salmon anglers have seen good and slow days off Westport, and Ilwaco is the best bet.

“Westport had kind of a slow week, and a few days in between where it was little better,” Beeghly said. “There are no big concentrations of fish around, and people just aren’t finding them consistently.”

“Ilwaco did better,” she said. “I’m kind of excited about Ilwaco in that they were already running into some coho.” Coho have to be released now.

Ilwaco is open daily through Friday for sport hatchery chinook fishing, and Westport is open daily through Saturday. There is a two-salmon daily limit with a 24-inch chinook minimum size.

La Push and Neah Bay are open daily for hatchery chinook fishing June 22-28. There is a two-salmon daily limit with a 24-inch chinook minimum size.

The full summer salmon season at Ilwaco opens daily starting Saturday. Westport opens Sunday, and fishing is allowed Sundays to Thursdays only. La Push and Neah Bay open daily starting June 29.

The lowest tides of the summer are happening in the coming days, and should be a boon for shellfish gathering on Puget Sound and Hood Canal beaches.

Before you head out the door, be sure to check on what beaches are open and closed. Call the marine biotoxin hotline at 800-562-5632 or visiting www.doh.wa.gov. Also, check the state shellfish rule change hotline at 866-880-5431 or visit http://wdfw.wa.gov.

Low tides: Thursday, minus-1.2 feet at 8:51 a.m.; Friday, -2.4 at 9:38 a.m.; Saturday, -3.1 at 10:24 a.m.; Sunday, -3.6 at 11:11 a.m.; Monday, -3.6 at 11:59 1.m.; Tuesday, -3.1 at 12:46 p.m.; Wednesday, -2.3 at 1:34 p.m.; and June 27, -1.0 at 2:23 p.m.

Fishing Report
Location Comment
Marine AreasSlow to fair for hatchery chinook at Clay Banks off Point Defiance Park, Point Dalco on Vashon Island and Colvos Passage. Central Puget Sound is open north of a line from Point Monroe to Meadow Point for salmon catch-and-release. Slow for chinook in Tulalip terminal fishery, which is open Friday to noon Monday, but a 25-pound king was caught this past week.
Biting: YesRating: 2 stars
Statewide riversMore than 3.3 million shad were counted at Bonneville Dam, and fishing is good in Lower Columbia for a four-fish-per-rod average. Good for summer steelhead in Lower Columbia from Cowlitz downstream. Spotty for chinook in Lower Columbia. Lower Columbia estuary sturgeon catch-and-keep fishery closes after Thursday. Bonneville Pool is open Friday only. All areas below The Dalles Dam switch after Friday to catch and release only. Slow to fair for hatchery chinook in Cascade and Skagit above Highway 530 Bridge at Rockport. Fair for hatchery chinook and steelhead in Skykomish, and fair to good for steelhead at Reiter Ponds. Slow to fair for chinook and steelhead in Cowlitz and North Fork Lewis.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars
Statewide lakesFair to good for kokanee at Stevens, Meridian, Merwin and American. Good for trout at Blackman’s, Gissburg Ponds, Campbell, Padden, Hicks, Pine, Beaver, Mineral, Jameson, Angle, Desire, Goose, North, Spanaway, Rowland, Cottage, Bosworth, Anderson, Offutt and Ohop. East of the Cascades, the Potholes is good for perch, walleye, bass and trout; and good for trout in Sprague, Alta, Conconully Reservoir, West Medical, Williams and Diamond.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars

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

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