The choices for salmon are wide and varied, and a lot depends on what you’d like to catch.
The king salmon fishing from the ocean, Strait of Juan de Fuca and clear into Puget Sound continues to draw the most interest.
“It is unbelievable for kings at Neah Bay,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association, who had back-to-back days of limits Sunday and Monday. “The kings (17 to 25 pounds) were hanging in Skagway Bay in shallow water, and they’re crushing our bait right off the bottom.”
Anglers from Sekiu to Port Angeles were also averaging about one king per boat. In northern Puget Sound, catches were fair at Midchannel Bank and Point Wilson near Port Townsend, Point No Point, Pilot Point, Kingston, Possession Bar and the Edmonds area.
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In central Puget Sound, it was off and on for kings, and fair for coho at Jefferson Head, Richmond Beach, West Point south of Shilshole Bay, Yeomalt Point, Blake Island, Southworth and Dolphin Point off Vashon Island.
The first signs of the “wall” of more than 6.2 million pinks have moved further into Puget Sound with a good catch occurring off the west side of Whidbey Island. Pink fishing also remains fair to good in the Strait between Neah Bay and Port Angeles.
The coastal salmon fisheries have improved at Neah Bay, La Push, Westport and Ilwaco, and some albacore tuna also showed up in catches.
“We started to see some tuna at Ilwaco and a few pretty successful trips,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “They averaged three to five per person, and we saw some with up to 10 per person. One sample said they were out about 35 miles.”
On the salmon scene, Ilwaco anglers averaged slightly better than one fish per rod, and about one chinook for every hatchery coho.
In Westport, anglers averaged 0.90 fish per rod, and just over half were coho. At La Push and Neah Bay, it was 1.5 per rod, including pinks.
|Marine areas||A few kings caught daily at Edmonds Pier. Slow to fair for hatchery chinook at Clay Banks off Point Defiance Park, Point Dalco on Vashon Island and Colvos Passage. Good for kings and pinks in San Juan Islands off Thatcher Pass, Tide Point, Cypress Island and north side of Orcas Island. Slow for salmon in Hood Canal, but a few pinks caught off Hoodsport. Fair for Dungeness crab in Puget Sound and Hood Canal; open Thursdays to Mondays only.|
|State rivers||Good for chinook and sockeye in Brewster on Columbia. Fair for steelhead in Lower Columbia. Slow to fair for hatchery kings and steelhead in Skykomish, and for steelhead at Reiter Ponds. Fair for steelhead in Cowlitz. Fair for trout in Cedar. Nisqually is open for salmon. Nooksack is open for pinks, but spotty and won’t pick up for about another week or so.|
|Statewide lakes||Baker Lake is fair to good for sockeye, but numbers of fish transferred from the fish trap to the lake have dropped, and a creel check Sunday showed 60 anglers with 29 sockeye. Decent for kokanee at Stevens, Keechelus, Kachess, Meridian, Merwin and American. Good for trout at Mineral, Jameson, Padden, Desire, Deer, Margaret, Lone and Bosworth. The Potholes is good for perch, walleye, bass and trout. Fair for trout in Roosevelt, Conconully and Williams.|
Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or firstname.lastname@example.org