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Area salmon fishing picks up steam

Seattle Times staff reporter

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The front end of the migrating salmon train is steaming into local marine waterways with the caboose nowhere in sight.

Anglers along the coast, and from Strait of Juan de Fuca into Puget Sound have reported decent action.

“They hit a lot of pinks around Port Angeles, and there was some kings from Sekiu to Port Angeles,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife sampler in the Strait. “Most boats (around Port Angeles) didn’t go out less than a mile to find the pinks.”

A check at Olson’s Resort in Sekiu on Sunday had 66 boats with 160 anglers caught 93 chinook, 56 coho and 25 pinks; and at Port Angeles 65 boats with 145 anglers caught 151 pinks, 28 chinook and eight coho.

The average size of the kings was 8 to 12 pounds, and the top fish in the seasonlong derby at Swain’s in Port Angeles is a 32-pounder. Reports from Sekiu showed a fair number of kings in 20- to 28-pound range.

On the coast, Ilwaco anglers averaged 1.1 fish per rod with a 2-to-1 ratio of coho to kings.

At Westport it was 0.60 fish per rod, and a good number of coho were seen in the catch on Monday. Most anglers were fishing off the Ocean Shores Casino in 160 feet of water.

Neah Bay had the best catches when you add in the pink salmon for 1.1 fish per rod. At La Push, it was 1.0 fish per rod with the catch evenly split between kings and coho.

In central Puget Sound the coho fishing started to pick up, and charter boats were getting their two-fish per rod daily limits.

“The coho have certainly become more active, and the bite around Jefferson Head has been in the early morning with another close to low tide change,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Shilshole Bay.

Others are anticipating the central and northern Puget Sound hatchery chinook fishery which opens Tuesday. Fairly good number of kings were being caught and released in both areas.

The Baker Lake sockeye fishery opened Wednesday, and early reports indicate fair fishing at best. Through Sunday, 3,735 sockeye had arrived in the Baker River fish trap, and 1,931 had been transferred to the lake.

Fishing Report
Location Comment
Marine areasBoatless anglers can also get in on the king action at the Edmonds Pier where a few have been caught daily. Slow to fair for hatchery chinook at Clay Banks off Point Defiance Park, Point Dalco on Vashon Island, Dolphin Point, south of Southworth ferry landing and Colvos Passage. Fair to good for kings in San Juan Islands off Thatcher Pass, Tide Point, Cypress Island and north side of Orcas Island. The Bellingham Salmon Derby is Friday to Sunday; www.bellinghampsa.com/derby. Hit and miss for Dungeness crab in Puget Sound and Hood Canal; open Thursdays to Mondays only.
Biting: YesRating: 2 stars
Statewide riversGood for chinook and sockeye in Brewster on the Columbia. Fair for steelhead in Lower Columbia. Slow to fair for hatchery chinook in Cascade and Skagit above Highway 530 Bridge at Rockport, which closes after Monday. Fair for hatchery chinook and steelhead in Skykomish, and fair for steelhead at Reiter Ponds. Fair for steelhead in Cowlitz between the hatcheries. Hoh, Quillayute, Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Calawah and Nisqually are open for salmon. Fair fly-fishing for trout in Cedar. Good fly-fishing in North Fork Stillaguamish.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars
Statewide lakes

Good for kokanee at Stevens, Rimrock, Bumping, Keechelus, Kachess,

Meridian, Merwin and American. Good for trout at Kress, Horseshoe, Gissburg, Padden, Mineral, Jameson, Angle, Desire, Bosworth and Anderson. The Potholes is good for perch, walleye, bass and trout. Fair to good for trout in Sprague, Alta, Conconully and Williams.

Biting: YesRating: 3 stars

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

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