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Plenty of choices statewide as summer fisheries bloom

The summer fisheries are blooming with choices statewide, and salmon action is garnering most of the attention. The Lower Columbia River from Bonneville Dam clear down to the mouth near Buoy-10 is starting to peak for salmon and steelhead.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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The summer fisheries are blooming with choices statewide, and salmon action is garnering most of the attention.

The Lower Columbia River from Bonneville Dam clear down to the mouth near Buoy-10 is starting to peak for salmon and steelhead.

“Things are starting to ramp up pretty quickly,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “It is pretty good fishing both in the ocean (near Ilwaco) and Buoy-10, and the rivers are all producing quite a few fish and lots of chinook.

Hymer says a co-worker in the Vancouver fisheries office caught a 43-pound king at Buoy-10, and Oregon fisheries saw about half-a-fish per rod check.

Sport catches of pinks and hatchery coho in the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Sekiu to Port Angeles have come alive in recent days.

“The pink and coho numbers picked up,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife fish checker in the Strait. “The hatchery chinook catch averaged less than a fish per boat.”

The coastal salmon fisheries remain one of the better bets this week.

“In Westport we had a 1.2 fish-catch average (0.5 was chinook and 0.7 hatchery coho) this past week, and that is pretty good fishing,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “At Ilwaco, we saw just barely over a fish per person, and about a ratio of 2-to-1 coho to chinook.”

At La Push, the catch was about 1.7 per rod with pinks, and 1.5 without, and a little more than half the catch was chinook. In Neah Bay, it was 1.3 with pinks and 1.9 without. The albacore tuna action remains mostly spotty coastwide with a big variance in success, although Westport charter boats fared the best.

“We saw catches anywhere from one fish per person to eight, and it doesn’t seem like any one place is good,” Beeghly said. “It looks like most were heading between 35 and 50 miles offshore.”

Pink Derby

• The Bad Draw Wrestling Club Humpy Showdown Fishing Derby is Aug. 24. First place adult is $2,500, and $500 in youth division. Cost is $25 for adults, and $15 for youth 12-and-under. Weigh-in station is Douglas Bar on Snohomish River. Details: www.BadDrawWrestling.com or 425-231-1301.

Fishing report
Location Comment
Marine AreasSlow to fair for hatchery kings, pinks and coho from Edmonds oil dock south to Richmond Beach; Jefferson Head; West Point off Shilshole Bay; Point Monroe; Allen Bank off Blake Island; Lincoln Park in West Seattle; Dolphin Point off Vashon Island; Kingston; Tacoma area; and Southworth. Edmonds Pier had good action for kings with 12 landed Sunday and about seven on Saturday. Fair to good for kings and pinks in San Juan Islands. Slow for salmon in Hood Canal.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars
Statewide riversFair to good in Skokomish for kings. Slowed down for pinks in open areas of Skagit. Slow for pinks in Snohomish, and should ramp up later this month. Slow to fair for chinook and sockeye in Brewster on Columbia. Fair to good for steelhead and chinook in Lower Columbia near Lewis. Fair for steelhead in Wind, Cowlitz and Drano Lake. Slow to fair for trout in Cedar. Nooksack is fair for pinks. Lower Green opens Aug. 23. Upper Puyallup is open for salmon, and Lower Puyallup opens Friday.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars
Statewide lakes Lake Wenatchee is fair for sockeye, but will close Aug. 18, one hour after official sunset, when state fisheries expects the allowable sport catch will be achieved. Good for perch in Lake Washington and Stevens. Baker Lake is slow for sockeye. Fair to good for kokanee at Stevens, American, Keechelus, Kachess and Meridian. Fair for trout at Mineral, Roosevelt, Conconully, Angle and Lone. 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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