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Originally published Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 7:25 PM

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Plenty of fishing options available

There is a flurry of fishing action happening, and the choices continue to expand heading into fall for saltwater and freshwater areas.

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There is a flurry of fishing action happening, and the choices continue to expand heading into fall for saltwater and freshwater areas.

In the Puget Sound area, anglers were catching fairly good numbers of coho and a few pinks from the west side of Whidbey Island down into central Puget Sound.

“It was a coho per boat average (Tuesday), and there has been some fairly good fishing this past week,” said Toby Black, the state Fish and Wildlife sampler at the Shilshole Bay launch.

A check from Shilshole on Sunday showed 65 boats and 140 anglers with 114 coho and 199 pinks. Most of the action has come from West Point to Meadow Point off Shilshole Bay north to Edmonds, Possession Bar, Jefferson Head and Kingston.

The Edmonds Coho Derby last Saturday produced 395 coho. The winning $5,000 coho was caught 750 yards off the Edmonds Marina breakwater by 10-year-old Essix Kelly of Richmond Beach and weighed 11 pounds, 8.16 ounces.

The pink salmon fishery has now mostly switched from the marine areas to rivers such as the Skykomish, Snohomish, Puyallup, Nisqually, Green and Skagit. Still fair for pinks off the shorelines from Mukilteo south the Edmonds; west and southeast sides of Whidbey Island; North Beach at Deception Pass; Elliott Bay piers and Browns Point to Dash Point.

Fisheries On Tap

Grays Harbor opens for chinook Monday through Sept. 22, and for coho only from Sept. 23 to Nov. 30. Some of these kings in this shallow-water fishery along the south channel markers are known to hit 30 to 40-plus pounds. The coho forecast is 281,985, compared to 198,012 last year.

All coho (hatchery and wild) become fair game off Sekiu this Sunday through Sept. 30. From Oct. 1-31, Sekiu and Port Angeles anglers may keep one chinook in a two-fish daily limit.

The La Push late salmon bubble fishery will be open Sept. 28 to Oct. 13.

The Westport Boat Basin Salmon Derby is Saturday through Oct. 31.

Lake Washington opens for coho beginning Monday north of the 520 Bridge and east of Montlake Bridge.

The Everett Coho Derby is Sept. 21-22, the grand finale of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series.

Fishing Report
Location Comment
Marine AreasSlow off Ilwaco, but good for a mix of mostly chinook and a few coho at Westport. Fair for mostly hatchery coho at La Push and Neah Bay. Fair to good for albacore tuna off Westport and La Push. Fair for pinks and coho in Tacoma and Narrows areas. Fair to good for kings, coho and pinks in San Juan Islands. Quilcene Bay is fair to good for coho. Willapa Bay salmon fishing has been slow.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars
Statewide riversLower Columbia chinook catch was third-largest on record since at least 1969 with 32,667 trips made and 14,180 adult fall chinook (record was 28,169 fish in 2011), 224 adult coho and 145 summer steelhead caught. Columbia fall upriver king return is between 664,000 and 835,000 (434,600 was forecast) and largest since 420,700 in 1987. Single-day count of 63,870 adult fall chinook at Bonneville Dam on Monday smashed the previous record set last Saturday of 48,710, and Tuesday’s count of 56,044 is second-largest. Record before was 45,884 set Sept. 11, 2003. So far, 531,061 chinook counted at Bonneville, and is third-largest return. Lower Columbia king fishery below the Lewis mouth ends after Thursday. Yakima fall salmon fishery started off slow. At Buoy 10 near Lower Columbia mouth it was about one coho per every four rods. Fair for chinook in Hanford Reach area of Columbia. Fair in Cowlitz for chinook and coho with the mouth area being the best. Fair in Kalama and Lewis for chinook and coho. Good for chinook and coho at Drano Lake, Klickitat and Bonneville Pool. Fair for kings in Samish.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars
Statewide lakesLake Sammamish is open for kings, but spotty. Beaver Lake near Issaquah was recently planted with 1,200 rainbow trout averaging about one pound. Good for perch off the many piers in Lake Washington. Slow to fair for trout at Angle, Green, Roosevelt, Pass and Lone lakes. The Potholes is good for perch, walleye, bass and trout.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars

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

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