The early hatchery king fishery in the Strait of Juan de Fuca at Sekiu and Port Angeles made a strong showing during Sunday's opener, and catches remained decent at midweek.
The early hatchery king fishery in the Strait of Juan de Fuca at Sekiu and Port Angeles made a strong showing during Sunday’s opener, and catches remained decent at midweek.
The fish are blackmouth size (immature chinook in the 4- to 8-pound range) to the low 20-pound range, according to Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife checker in the strait.
Bennett said coho didn’t show up until August last year, but he has seen a few caught already this summer.
A check from Ediz Hook at Port Angeles on Sunday showed 49 boats with 106 anglers caught 73 chinook. At Olson’s Resort at Sekiu on Sunday, 95 boats with 230 anglers caught 126 chinook and 69 coho.
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“King fishing is off to a good start,” said Chris Mohr, owner of Van Riper’s Resort at Sekiu. Mohr said the chinook have ranged from 4 pounds to 20 pounds, with coho in the 5- to 6-pound range.
The Dungeness crab fishery in the Port Townsend area got off to a good start, with the 20 boats checked mostly catching their daily limits.
Other reports indicated good crab fishing around Whidbey Island, and most of Puget Sound and Hood Canal. Crabbing in southern Puget Sound was spotty at Case Inlet and Anderson Island.
In Puget Sound and in the Strait of Juan de Fuca east of Sekiu, crab fishing is allowed Thursdays to Mondays only. The San Juan Islands’ southern section will be open July 15 through Sept. 30, and the northern section opens Aug. 16 through Sept. 30, also Thursdays to Mondays only.
The coastal salmon fisheries have been a mixed bag.
“Coho fishing is still slow everywhere, but chinook fishing is good,” said Wendy Beeghley, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.
She said the average for chinook has been 0.8 at Westport.
At Neah Bay, the average was close to one chinook caught for every other rod on Sunday. It was the only coastal spot where some coho were caught, with almost one coho for every other rod.
At Ilwaco, the average was also about one chinook for every other rod this past week. At La Push, it was 0.2 chinook per person on Sunday, but it was better earlier in the week.
Three Ilwaco charter boats venture out for tuna, and customers averaged almost one tuna per rod.
Westport is open for chinook and hatchery coho Sundays to Thursdays, and Ilwaco, Neah Bay and La Push are open daily.
Some charters are making two to three trips per day for resident coho fishing in central and northern Puget Sound.
“We did phenomenally well on coho in the 2- to 3-pound range off Jefferson Head, and on our first trip (on Monday) we hooked 14 coho,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett.
Coho fishing in northern Puget Sound was slow with just a few caught off Possession Bar and Point No Point.
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|Baker Lake, Lower Skagit River||
Sgt. Rich Phillips of the state Fish and Wildlife enforcement said he saw only one kokanee and no sockeye caught on the July 1 opener, but said it could pick up next week or later.
Through July 2, 999 fish were at the Baker River fish trap, and 330 were transferred to Baker Lake.
|Statewide lakes||Very good for kokanee and lake trout in Lake Chelan. Good for kokanee at Lake Stevens. Samish and American lakes are also fair for kokanee. Good for walleye and perch in Sprague Lake. Good for bass and walleye in Banks Lake. Wapato Lake is slow for trout, but lots of fat bluegill and perch. For details on trout plants in lakes, go to wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/statewide/.|
|Statewide rivers||Slow to fair for steelhead at Reiter Ponds on Upper Skykomish and for boat anglers from Lewis Street Bridge to Sultan. Spotty for chinook in the Skagit above Rockport and Cascade River; both are open until July 15. Fair for steelhead in the Calawah, Bogachiel, Hoh and Sol Duc. Cedar River is open for trout catch-and-release fishing. Fair to good for steelhead in the Cowlitz River. Fair for chinook, shad, bass and walleye in John Day Pool of the Columbia River. Summer chinook and sockeye fishing between Bonneville Dam and Priest Rapids Dam will remain open through July 31.|
|Marine areas||Not great for kings in the San Juan Islands, but some mid-teen to 30-pounders caught in Rosario Strait area. Slow to fair for chinook off Edmonds Pier. Slow to fair for hatchery chinook in south central Puget Sound off Tacoma, Southworth and Narrows areas. Very good for lingcod and rockfish off Neah Bay. Tulalip terminal fishery is slow. Slow for salmon in Hood Canal south of Ayock Point. Those seeking out steamer clams and oysters should take advantage of the good low tides. Before heading to a beach, call the marine biotoxin hotline at 1-800-562-5632 or visit the website at www.doh.wa.gov. Also, check the state fisheries hotline at 866-880-5431 and website at http://wdfw.wa.gov. Low tides: Thursday, minus-2.6 feet at 12:28 p.m.; Friday, -1.7 at 1:12 p.m.; and Saturday, -0.5 at 1:56 p.m. Another series of minus-low tides will occur July 16-21 and July 29-Aug. 3.|