Summer fishing is at its peak with good choices all over the state.
The pink salmon train now extends from the northern coast clear into south central Puget Sound.
“The pink fishing has been pretty steady, and they’re mixed in with a good number of larger ocean coho (5 to 7 pounds) and some hatchery kings,” said Gary Krein, owner of All Star Charters in Shilshole Bay.
Good pink action for bank and boat anglers has been reported off the west side of Whidbey Island, North Beach west of Cornet Bay, Point No Point, Possession Bar, Edmonds area, Browns Bay, Lincoln Park in West Seattle south to Dash Point and the Tacoma area.
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Hatchery king fishing in northern Puget Sound has been fair to good. Fisheries officials lowered the daily limit from two to one to keep it from closing before the scheduled Aug. 31 date.
In the Strait of Juan de Fuca, it has been decent at Sekiu, Port Angeles and Neah Bay for hatchery kings, and a few pinks and hatchery coho.
Coastal salmon and tuna fisheries have gained steam at Neah Bay, La Push, Westport and Ilwaco.
“At Ilwaco, we saw a 1.2-fish-per-person average, and the catch was mostly coho,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “We’re seeing a lot of tuna trips, and most didn’t do great, and varied from zero to 10 fish per person.”
At Westport, anglers averaged 1.2 fish per rod. La Push had the best fishing with 1.8 per rod, and almost all the catch was kings. Add in pinks, and it was just over two fish per rod. At Neah Bay, the catch was 1.3 fish per rod, including pinks.
|Marine areas||Improved for kings at Edmonds Pier. Slow to fair for hatchery chinook at Jefferson Head, Kingston, Yeomalt Point, Southworth, Clay Banks off Point Defiance Park, Point Dalco on Vashon Island and Colvos Passage. Fair to good for kings and pinks in San Juan Islands. Slow for salmon in Hood Canal, but fair for pinks and a few kings off Hoodsport. Fair to good crabbing in Puget Sound and Hood Canal; open Thursdays to Mondays only.|
|Statewide rivers||Fair to good for chinook and sockeye in Brewster on Columbia. Fair to good for steelhead in Lower Columbia. Fair for mostly wild steelhead in Drano Lake. Fair to good for steelhead in Cowlitz. Slow to fair for trout in Cedar. Nooksack is very good for pinks.|
|Statewide lakes||Baker Lake is slow to fair for sockeye. Horseshoe Lake was planted with 600 brown trout last week. Fair to good for kokanee at Stevens, Keechelus, Kachess and Meridian. Fair for trout at Mineral, Roosevelt, Conconully, Jameson, Padden, Desire, Lone and Bosworth. The Potholes is good for perch, walleye, bass and trout. Enough sockeye are returning to Lake Wenatchee to open it for fishing starting Saturday; no bait is allowed.|
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