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The salmon fishing in Puget Sound is getting mixed reviews, but anglers along the Strait of Juan de Fuca and coast are still beating the odds.

“In La Push we saw really good fishing with a 1.5 fish per person average without pinks, and 1.6 with pinks,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “The catch at La Push was almost evenly split between chinook and coho, and we’ve seen a big increase in angler effort.”

At Ilwaco, it was just over one salmon per rod, and about a third of the catch was chinook. At Buoy-10 on the Lower Columbia mouth, chinook and coho fishing has started to pick up. Westport anglers also saw a fairly good catch with a 1.2 fish per rod average.

At Neah Bay it was a 1.2 fish per rod without pinks and 1.7 with pinks, and anglers also saw some really good chinook fishing.

Albacore tuna action off the entire coast remains hit and miss.

“The tuna fishing has been all over the map, and if you find them you’ll get lots,” Beeghly said. “We are seeing tuna trips coastwide all the way up to Neah Bay. Some boats are catching tuna as close as 30 miles offshore and others as far out as 50 miles. Private boat catches have ranged from one fish tuna per rod all the way up to 10.”

The Strait of Juan de Fuca remains one of the better bets as anglers roll out the red carpet for decent hatchery king fishing, including one giant fish that was estimated to weight 41 or 42 pounds.

“The big king was weighed-in at Swain’s in Port Angeles, and was caught in the eastern Strait over the weekend,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife checker in the Strait. “There was also a good bite at Freshwater Bay, and a lot of fish caught on Sunday. I saw four fish that came in on one boat and all the fish were in the teens.”

Elsewhere in the western Strait at Sekiu, Bennett says the pink action picked up and the chinook average was close to a fish per boat and spiked up pretty good on Friday.

In Puget Sound, the first wave of salmon that arrived a few weeks ago seemed to have migrated on during the weather change last week, but should pick up again soon.

“For the most part it is slow, and we are getting a few kings, resident coho and pinks off Jefferson Head and Richmond Beach, but just not like it had been,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Shilshole Bay.

“In the Seattle area it typically peaks for pinks around Aug. 8-10,” Krein said. “I know they were catching the pinks off the beach at Bush Point (on the west side of Whidbey Island) so they’re coming.”

Good shore spots for pinks include Dash Point Pier, Browns Point, Lincoln Park, Picnic Point near Lynnwood, west side of Whidbey Island, Point Wilson near Port Townsend, Point No Point, Marrowstone Island and Possession Point.

Fishing Report
Location  Comment
Marine Areas A few kings caught at the Edmonds Pier. Pinks starting to move in from Mukilteo south to Browns Bay. Slow to fair for hatchery chinook at 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. The Humpy Kayak Classic Aug. 17 at Jack Block Park, 2130 Harbor Ave. S.W. in West Seattle. Cost is $40; deadline is Aug. 12. Details:
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars
Statewide rivers Good in Skokomish for kings. Good for pinks in Skagit from Gilligan Creek downstream to the mouth. Slow for pinks in Snohomish, and should ramp up later this month. Fair 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 for steelhead in Cowlitz. Slow to fair for trout in Cedar. Nooksack is good for pinks. Lower Green opens Aug. 23. Upper Puyallup is open for salmon, and Lower Puyallup opens Aug. 16.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars
Statewide lakes Lake Wenatchee is fair to good for sockeye. Good for perch in Lake Washington. 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, Rimrock, American, Keechelus, Kachess and Meridian. Fair for trout at Mineral, Roosevelt, Conconully, Jameson, Padden, Angle, Deer and Lone. The Potholes is good for perch, walleye, bass and trout.
Biting: YesRating: 3 stars

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