The salmon procession canvasses the entire 157-mile coast in what has turned out to be one of the most memorable fishing seasons seen in a long time.
“The Ilwaco area is back to (two-salmon daily) limits on Tuesday, and we did see a little drop in the success right before that due to bad weather,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “The catch at Ilwaco is still mostly coho averaging 7 to 8 pounds, with some up 12 pounds and larger.”
Ilwaco anglers this past week averaged 1.4 salmon per rod, 0.2 chinook and 1.2 coho.
Just up the coast at Westport, the catch average increased to 1.5 per rod, with 0.4 chinook and 1.1 coho. Most of the charter fishing fleet was fishing about 20 miles offshore along the 300-foot line. The smaller boats were doing well off the beach just north of Ocean Shores. Daily limit at Westport is now two kings.
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To the north, La Push anglers averaged 1.4 fish per rod, and the bulk of the catch was coho. At Neah Bay, it was 0.9 fish per rod, and the average was 0.2 chinook and 0.7 coho.
The effort and catch at the Buoy 10 salmon fishery on the Lower Columbia River mouth has amped up in recent days, with 120 boats with 370 anglers Saturday catching 139 chinook and 59 hatchery coho; and 136 with 371 Sunday caught 99 and 62.
Wait lines at the boat ramps on the Washington and Oregon sides below the Astoria-Megler Bridge were taking some 1½ hours to launch their craft into the water.
More than 2.6 million kings and coho are expected to return to the Columbia, and the preseason catch expectation is 45,700 chinook and 56,500 hatchery coho.
The south-central Puget Sound (Marine Catch Area 11) hatchery king catch has picked up between the north end of Vashon Island and south to Tacoma.
“Three Tree Point (north of Des Moines) picked up pretty good for kings (on Monday and Tuesday), and I checked 14 chinook for 24 boats at the Armeni ramp (in West Seattle) on Sunday,” said Pete Sergeef, a state Fish and Wildlife checker.
Other places worth a try for hatchery kings are Point Robinson, south of the Southworth Ferry Landing, Dolphin Point, south of Point Beals, Colvos Passage, Poverty Bay, Point Dalco on the south side of Vashon Island, and the Tacoma area off Point Defiance Park.
|Marine areas||Slow for coho in central and northern Puget Sound, but should pick up soon. Slow to fair for coho at Sekiu and Port Angeles. Very good for tuna off the entire coast, with boats in the Ilwaco and Westport area traveling about 40 miles offshore. Southern Puget Sound is slow to fair for hatchery kings. The Tulalip Bay terminal salmon fishery — open Fridays to noon Mondays — has produced a flurry of kings. The Edmonds Pier, 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 kings in Hood Canal.|
|Biting: YesRating: ★★★|
|Statewide rivers||Fair to good in the Cowlitz for steelhead from Mission Bar upstream. Fair boat angling for steelhead in the Lewis River North Fork. Good for steelhead in the Wind River, but most are wild fish that need to be released. Fair for kings in the Samish and Skokomish. Boat anglers averaged about 1.4 steelhead per rod in Drano Lake, and chinook catch is on the rise. Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam is fair to good for steelhead, with more chinook appearing in catches. A few chinook caught in the Hanford Reach area of the Columbia.|
|Biting: YesRating: ★★|
|Statewide lakes||Fair for kokanee in Stevens, American and Meridian. Fair to good for trout in Mineral, Goodwin and Padden. Very good for perch in Lake Washington, and fair for cutthroat trout off the south side of the lake around Mercer Island and around the I-90 and 520 bridges. Fair to good for sockeye in Lake Wenatchee. Fair to good at Potholes Reservoir for walleye, bass, carp and trout. Lake Chelan is productive for lake trout.|
|Biting: YesRating: ★★|
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