Run of pink salmon finally arriving in Puget Sound
Anglers can find a good mix of pinks and coho off Edmonds, Browns Bay, Jefferson Head, Possession Bar, Mukilteo south to the Shipwreck and Alki Point south to Tacoma.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Better late than never.
That was the news spreading like a wildfire around Puget Sound boat ramps and marinas as millions of pink salmon finally made their appearance.
“We’re doing really well for pinks from Meadow Point to West Point (near Shilshole Bay), and it’s like they showed up overnight,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Shilshole Bay. “There are also a few coho mixed into the catch.”
Anglers can also find a good mix of pinks and coho off Edmonds, Browns Bay, Jefferson Head, Possession Bar, Mukilteo south to the Shipwreck and Alki Point south to Tacoma. Elliott Bay is open Fridays to Sundays only through Aug. 31 for pinks, but fishing has been slow and it should pick up very soon.
Pier and beach anglers were also finding their fair share of pinks at Lincoln Park off West Seattle, Golden Gardens, Picnic Point to Mukilteo, Elliott Bay piers, Dash Point Pier, Browns Point, Deception Pass, Point No Point, Marrowstone Island, Des Moines and Redondo piers and the west side of Whidbey Island.
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The hatchery coho and pink fishing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca remains fair to good.
“The coho fishing started to pick up at Sekiu, and some are 7 to 10 pounds with an overall average in the 5- to 6-pound range,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife fish checker in the Strait. “The pinks are also still holding up pretty good at Sekiu and Port Angeles.”
Those looking for a late summer king or hatchery coho should head to the Lower Columbia River mouth at Buoy 10, where fishing is fair to good at times.
Beginning Friday through Sept. 1, only hatchery-marked chinook may be kept in the Buoy 10 area as catch rates and effort have markedly increased of late.
“The hatchery mark rate on Chinook is right around 41 percent at Buoy 10,” said Joe Hymer, a state biologist.
At Ilwaco, anglers averaged 1.1 salmon per rod, and most were coho. Westport charter boats were limiting mainly on coho and a few kings with 1.1 fish-per-rod average. At La Push and Neah Bay it was 1.2 salmon per rod, and most were coho. The albacore tuna action remains off and on coastwide, although Westport charter boats fared the best between 30 and 50 miles offshore. Slow to fair for hatchery kings at Dolphin Point off Vashon Island, the Tacoma area, Gig Harbor and Southworth. Fair to good for kings and pinks in the San Juan Islands. Slow for salmon in Hood Canal.
Good for pinks in open areas of the Skagit, Puyallup, Snohomish, Lower Skykomish and Nooksack. Fair for chinook in Upper Columbia. Fair for chinook in Lower Columbia. Fair for steelhead in Wind and Drano Lake. Slow to fair for trout in the Cedar. Lower Green opens Friday.
Good for perch in Lake Washington. Fair to good for kokanee at Stevens, American and Meridian. Fair for trout at Mineral, Roosevelt, Conconully, Pass and Lone. The Potholes is good for perch, walleye, bass and trout.
Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or email@example.com