The front end of the coho salmon train has finally arrived in northern Puget Sound with the caboose extending way out into the Pacific Ocean.
“The coho are starting to move into the Strait, and places like Sekiu and Port Angeles picked up toward the end of the week,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife sampler in the Strait.
A check from Olson’s Resort at Sekiu on Sunday showed 44 boats with 121 anglers who landed 175 coho.
“The coho aren’t very big from what we’re seeing, and most were in the 5- to 7-pound range with a big one being 9 or 12 pounds,” Bennett said. “The good news is we’re seeing all the checks from various boat ramps getting in the hundreds of fish, and hopefully the rain will keep moving more in.”
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Locally, the southern edge of Marine Catch Area 9 and 10 off Edmonds and Richmond Beach has been off and on for coho since late last week.
“The coho finally showed up, but it’s not slam-dunk fishing all the time, although (co-guide) Nick Kester was on fire (Wednesday) catching a limit of 10 coho by 8 a.m.,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett, who has been trolling in the Edmonds area.
“There is no consistency by any means just yet, but it will get better heading into this month and the rain probably brought more fish into the area,” Krein said. “Most of the coho are 4 to 6 pounds, and the biggest we’ve caught was 9 pounds.”
A fair to good coho bite has occurred off the Edmonds Marina, Richmond Beach, Jefferson Head, Possession Bar, Point No Point, Kingston, Bush Point off the west side of Whidbey Island, the green buoy on the south side of Whidbey Island and Browns Bay.
Shore anglers are also getting a few coho off Bush Point, Lagoon Point and Fort Casey on the west side of Whidbey Island; Point Wilson near Port Townsend; Marrowstone Island; Point No Point; and Lincoln Park off West Seattle.
The Edmonds Coho Derby is Saturday, and is expected to draw hundreds of anglers looking to catch the largest coho worth $5,000. Details: http://www.fisharc.com/groups/2-PSA_Sno_King
The Northwest Kayak Angler’s Kayak and Paddleboard Coho Classic Fishing Derby is Saturday at the Ballard Elks in Shilshole Bay. Cost is $40. Details: www.northwestkayakanglers.com/index.php
|Marine areas||Ilwaco anglers this past week averaged 1.4 for coho and 0.2 for chinook; At Westport, it was 0.9 and 0.6 (many limits reported Monday when fishery went non-select for coho); La Push, it was 1.0 and 0.2; and Neah Bay it was 0.5 and 0.1 respectively. State Fish and Wildlife will have a conference call Thursday to discuss possible regulations changes at Ilwaco, including boosting the daily bag limit from one to two chinook and going non-select for coho. Good last week for tuna about 45 miles offshore from Ilwaco and Westport, but rough water Sunday to Wednesday made it difficult to even get out of port. North Jetty at Ilwaco produced very good coho catches this week for shorebound anglers. Slow to fair in south-central Puget Sound for hatchery kings. Fair for kings in Willapa Bay. Southern Puget Sound is slow for hatchery kings. Slow to fair for coho in Hood Canal near Salsbury Park, and improved for coho in Quilcene Bay. Hoodsport area is closed to fishing. Slow for kings and coho in the San Juan Islands.|
|Biting: YesRating: ★★★|
|Statewide rivers||Lower Columbia at Buoy-10 remains very good with almost two coho kept per rod on Tuesday, and all chinook must be released through Sept. 30. Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam effort and fall chinook catches has increased. Still a bit on the early side for coho in the Snohomish, Skagit, Snoqualmie, Stillaguamish and Skkomish, but should pick up soon. Fair to good in the Cowlitz for steelhead and some fall chinook. Fair to good combat fishing for kings in the Samish. Good for steelhead in Drano Lake, but most are wild fish. Slow for kings in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia, but fair in Bonneville Pool. Hoh, Clearwater and Humptulips are open for salmon, but won’t be good until later this month. Wynoochee and Satsop open Sept. 16 for salmon. Fair in Columbia at Wells Pool for chinook.|
|Biting: YesRating: ★★★|
|Statewide lakes||Fair to good for kokanee in Stevens, Samish, American and Cavanaugh. Very good for perch in Lake Washington off Kenmore, Seward Park, Mercer Island, Kirkland area and Renton. Fair for trout in Mineral. Good at Potholes Reservoir for walleye, bass, carp and trout. Lake Chelan is fair to good for lake trout. Good for bass at Banks Lake. Lake Sammamish is worth a try for kings. Lake Washington’s north end opens Sept. 16 for coho.|
|Biting: YesRating: ★★★|