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Originally published Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7:52 PM

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Salmon fishing remains strong

The salmon dance continues up and down the coast for kings and coho, and some ocean migrating coho finally showed up in Puget Sound.


Seattle Times staff reporter

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The salmon dance continues up and down the coast for kings and coho, and some ocean migrating coho finally showed up in Puget Sound.

“It has been a long time since we’ve seen it this good, and well deserved for the coastal communities,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “It is basically (two-salmon) daily limits in the ocean off Ilwaco, and we’re still seeing some boats coming in early with their catch.”

Ilwaco anglers this week averaged 1.7 salmon per rod (0.3 chinook and 1.4 coho).

Just up the coast at Westport, the catch average increased to 1.7 per rod with 0.7 chinook and 1.0 coho. Most of the charter fleet was fishing about 20 miles offshore along the 300- to 400-foot line. The smaller boats were doing good off the beach just north of Ocean Shores and the Grays Harbor Buoy. Daily limit at Westport is now two kings.

To the north, La Push anglers averaged 1.2 fish per rod (1.0 coho and 0.2 chinook), and at Neah Bay it was 1.0 fish with an average of 0.2 chinook and 0.8 coho.

Starting Monday, Westport, La Push and Neah Bay anglers may keep wild and hatchery coho as part of their two-salmon daily limit. Ilwaco anglers are still limited to keeping only hatchery-marked coho, identified by a missing adipose fin.

The effort and catch at the Buoy 10 salmon fishery on the Lower Columbia River mouth was mixed, averaging 0.3 for chinook and 0.3 coho.

The larger ocean migrating coho have begun appearing in catches around northern and central Puget Sound.

“We are starting to see a good push of ocean coho averaging 7 to 9 pounds, and I wouldn’t say it is fantastic, but anybody going out this weekend will have a reasonable chance to catch some,” said Mike Chamberlain, owner of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood.

Fair-to-good coho action has been reported off Edmonds Marina, Richmond Beach, Jefferson Head, Possession Bar, Point No Point, Kingston, Bush Point off the west side of Whidbey Island, green buoy on south side of Whidbey and Browns Bay.

Shore anglers are also getting into the coho bite, with the best choices being Bush Point, Lagoon Point and Fort Casey off the west side of Whidbey Island; Point Wilson near Port Townsend; Marrowstone Island; Point No Point; and Lincoln Park off West Seattle.

Fishing Report
Location Comment
Marine areasFair to good for hatchery coho at Sekiu, but spotty off Port Angeles. Fair for kings up to 30 pounds in Willapa Bay along the markers and off Washaway Beach. Good for albacore tuna off the coast at Ilwaco and Westport area with boats traveling about 40 to 50 miles offshore, and charters were averaging 10 fish per rod. Southern Puget Sound is slow to fair for hatchery kings. The Edmonds Pier, and Pier 86 and Seacrest Pier in West Seattle were producing a few kings each week for anglers casting jigs or tossing a bobber with a cut-plug herring. Slow to fair for coho in Hood Canal near Salsbury Park, but unusually slow for coho in Quilcene Bay. Slow for kings and coho in the San Juan Islands.
Biting: YesRating: ★★★  
Statewide riversFair in the Cowlitz for steelhead and a few fall chinook. Good for steelhead in the Wind, but most are wild fish that need to be released. Fair for kings in the Samish. Good steelhead catch in Drano Lake, but most are wild fish. Slow for kings in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia. Fair fly fishing for sea-run cutthroat in the Lower Skagit and Stillaguamish. Rainey Creek was planted with 3,665 rainbow trout.
Biting: YesRating: ★★  
Statewide lakesFair to good for kokanee in Stevens and Cavanaugh. Very good for perch in Lake Washington. Fair for trout in Mineral. Fair for sockeye in Lake Wenatchee, where the fishing season ends after Monday. Fair to good at Potholes Reservoir for walleye, bass, carp and trout. Lake Chelan is productive for lake trout. Siler Mill Pond in Lewis County was planted with 200 rainbow trout.
Biting: YesRating: ★★★  


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