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Originally published Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 6:40 PM

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Anglers might catch ‘hat trick’ with abundance of salmon

Some catching coho, chinook and chum in Puget Sound.


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The salmon action in Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca remains the top choice, and right now there’s a fairly good chance of scoring a “hat trick.”

“We got a trifecta off Jefferson Head (in central Puget Sound) by catching a chinook, chum and coho,” said Pete Sergeef, who fished Tuesday on the state Fish and Wildlife’s test fishery boat. “We’ve also gotten good reports from Point No Point, Kingston, Shipwreck (just south of Mukilteo) and West Point (south of Shilshole Bay).”

The Puget Sound coho forecast is 880,000, and many believe the excellent fishing seen in marine areas up into many local rivers should continue through the month and possibly beyond. That will be followed by a forecast of 851,940 chum along with thousands of resident hatchery chinook milling in the marine areas.

“When you have a significant coho return they will show up earlier and later, and that just means more fish will hang around over a longer period of time,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association.

That is evident by the good coho catches still happening at Sekiu and Port Angeles in the Strait.

“There’s a bunch of coho around Port Angeles,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife fish checker. “”Most folks are fishing out (3 to 4 miles) in the shipping lanes targeting coho.”

Val Olson at Olson’s Resort in Sekiu, who hosted the Coho and King Salmon Derby this past weekend, reported decent fishing.

The largest chinook was caught by Lyman Moore and weighed 14.4 pounds, and the largest coho was a 13.5-pounder caught by Brock Guenther. Sekiu and Port Angeles are open for salmon through Oct. 31.

The next coastal razor clam digs begin Thursday, and with the excellent weather forecast prospects should be outstanding.

Digging is open after noon each day on Thursday at Twin Harbors; Friday and Saturday at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Sunday at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Monday at Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; and Tuesday at Twin Harbors.

The digs Oct. 4-8 had a total of 22,438 participants with 329,321 clams dug for an average of 14.5 to 14.9 (the first 15 clams dug is a daily limit).

Fishing Report
Location Comment
Marine areasNo end in sight for the albacore tuna fishery, which is still going strong off Westport with private boats scoring five to seven fish per rod. Fair to good for coho along the east and west side of Whidbey Island, and fair off Possession Bar and Browns Bay. Fair to good for chinook and coho in San Juan Islands. Westport Boat Basin Salmon Derby is open through Oct. 31. Improved at Grays Harbor for coho in south channel off the Johns River mouth. Most of Puget Sound is open for Dungeness crab fishing through Dec. 31. Tillamook Bay off the Oregon coast has been good for large-sized kings just above the Ghost Hole on an incoming tide.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars
Statewide riversGood for coho and fair for chinook in Klickitat and near the mouth. Good for chinook at Drano Lake. Upper Cowlitz is fair for chinook and coho, and Lower Cowlitz is best for coho. Kalama has a mix of steelhead, chinook and coho. Lewis mainstem and North Forks are fairly good for coho, and North Fork still decent for kings. Good for coho in Snohomish, Skykomish, Cascade, Stillaguamish and Skagit, and slow to fair in the Green and Puyallup. Still fair for late summer steelhead at Reiter Ponds in the Skykomish. Fair to good for a mix of salmon in Humptulips, Clearwater, Queets, Wynoochee, Quinault, Lower Hoh, Bogachiel and Sol Duc, but slow in the Chehalis and Satsop. Upper Columbia at Hanford Reach is good for kings. Fair in Yakima for kings. Slow for kings and coho in Lower Columbia. Good in Bonneville Pool for 1.5 fish per rod with coho numbers increasing. Upper Columbia, Wenatchee, Icicle, Methow and Okanogan are open for hatchery steelhead.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars
Statewide lakesState hatchery crews are planting 75,000 trout this month in 33 local lakes, and additional plants will occur in November. Morton Lake near Covington received 1,000 trout; Green in North Seattle, 5,088; Meridian east of Kent, 3,000; and Silver off the Bothell-Everett Highway, 2,000. Beaver Lake in Sammamish will get 2,500 this month. To view fish-stocking plans, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/attach/oct0413a_fish_plants.pdf. Very good for perch in Lake Washington. Jameson Lake is open for trout through Oct. 31. 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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