There is a lot happening on the fishing front, and the ocean salmon fishing season remains the top choice with hot fishing off Ilwaco and Westport in recent days.
“We’ve had some pretty good fishing, and at Ilwaco we saw a 1.5 fish per person average and most were coho (3 to 6 pounds),” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “At Westport action picked up by Friday, and they ended up with a 1.6 fish per rod average. It was about two coho for every chinook.”
To the north, La Push anglers averaged 1.3 fish per rod, and most were coho. At Neah Bay, it was 0.8 fish per rod with a catch rate of four chinook for every coho.
Locally, south-central Puget Sound is fair for hatchery kings averaging 8 to 15 pounds with a few larger.
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“There’s been a decent king bite around the tide changes mostly off the Clay Banks and Shelf area (off Point Defiance Park in Tacoma),” said Art Tatchell, manager of the Point Defiance Park Boathouse.
“Point Evans (near the Narrows Bridge) has also produced some fish, and the biggest I’ve seen was a 29 pounder caught on Sunday,” Tatchell said. “The hatchery-mark rate was about 50 percent (anglers can keep on hatchery fish with a missing adipose fin).”
The northern portion of central Puget Sound is open for salmon catch-and-release fishing, and fishing slowed down but should improve this week with the better tidal exchange.
The upcoming low tide series in Puget Sound and Hood Canal bodes well for gathering clams and oysters. North Sound low tides are: Thursday, minus-1.6 feet at 10:54 a.m.; Friday, -1.6 at 11:30 a.m.; Saturday, -1.4 at 12:05 p.m.; and Sunday, -1.1 at 12:41 p.m.
Before heading to a beach know the rules first by checking the regulation pamphlet. Then check the state Fish and Wildlife website at http://wdfw.wa.gov, and their hotline at 866-880-5431 or http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/. State Fish and Wildlife also offers a good interactive shellfish map at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/beaches/. Lastly, call the marine biotoxin hotline at 800-562-5632 or visit the Department of Health website at www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Shellfish.aspx.
Nibbles and bites
Sekiu, Port Angeles, San Juan Islands and Hood Canal south of Ayock Point open for salmon fishing on Tuesday; northern Puget Sound and Admiralty Inlet open Tuesday through July 15 for coho only; Crabbing fishing opens July 3 in most areas of Puget Sound and Hood Canal; Baker Lake opens July 10 for sockeye; northern Puget Sound, Admiralty Inlet and central Puget Sound open for hatchery kings July 16. Check the regulation pamphlet for specific catch details.
Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or firstname.lastname@example.org