Halibut fishing at Westport has been really good, too.

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Figuring out what to pursue this week might be more challenging than actually hooking into a fish.

The spot shrimp fishery reopens Wednesday in south central and central Puget Sound from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. only. Elliott Bay east of a line from West Point to Alki Point is closed.

Shrimp catches were very good, and there was a 30 percent increase in fishing pressure compared to past years, according to Mark O’Toole, a state Fish and Wildlife shellfish manager.

Other areas open for spot shrimp are Hood Canal from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Wednesday. Discovery Bay from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Wednesday.

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The Strait of Juan de Fuca east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line, and Sekiu, Port Angeles and southern Puget Sound (excluding Discovery Bay) are open daily for shrimp.

San Juan Islands east and south are open Saturday, and May 29-June 1, and the islands western region is open Wednesday through Saturday each week through June 1.

The first northern coastal hatchery chinook fishery last Friday and Saturday produced some success.

At La Push, 143 anglers had four hatchery chinook for 0.14 chinook per angler trip, and Neah Bay had 629 with 72 for 0.11. The chinook fishery reopens Friday and Saturday only.

The Neah Bay and La Push halibut fishery remains very good, and is open Thursday and Saturday.

“It was very successful, and catch rates were good,” Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist, said of the North Coast halibut fishery. Neah Bay and La Push are closed May 23-25. If enough remains in the halibut quota, it will reopen May 30 and/or June 1.

Halibut fishing at Westport has been so good that it will reopen Sunday, then will shut down for the remainder of the spring. This will include the Westport near-shore halibut fishery, as the catch quota is expected to be achieved.

Bottomfishing for black rockfish and lingcod at Westport is excellent and open daily. Pressure for halibut at Ilwaco is light, and catches were slow to fair.

The eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, San Juan Islands and parts of Puget Sound north of Vashon Island’s north side reopen for halibut Thursday through Saturday only, and the previous opening two weeks ago produced very good fishing. The area also reopens May 23-26 and May 30-31.

Fishing report
Location Comment
Statewide lakes Kokanee fishing at Lake Stevens is very good, and the Kokanee Fishing Derby is Saturday. Cost is $20. Details: 425-743-9505. Lake Cavanaugh also picked up for kokanee. Still plenty of good trout fishing at Mineral, Green in Seattle, Meridian, Jameson, Serene, Stickney, Angle, Desire, Pine, Martha at Alderwood Manor, Walker, Geneva, McIntosh, Pattison, Cain, Wilderness, Cottage, Bosworth, Padden, Anderson, Buck, Horseshoe, Ohop and Conconully. Klineline Pond was planted May 3 with 2,000 trout averaging two-thirds of a pound, 200 over 3 pounds, and 75 10-pounders.
Biting: Yes

Rating: 4 stars

Statewide

rivers

The Icicle River near Leavenworth opens Saturday through July 31 for hatchery spring chinook, and a modest return of 4,000 fish should produce fair action although not like in years past. Fair for spring chinook at Drano Lake and Wind River. Fair for spring chinook in Cowlitz, mainly at barrier dam. Fair for steelhead in Lewis, Kalama and Washougal. Slow to fair for spring chinook and steelhead in Klickitat. Lower Columbia reopens Thursday for shad. Fair for walleye and bass in The Dalles and John Day pools.
Biting: Yes

Rating: 3 stars

Razor clams “I have recommended a couple more days of digging (this month) at Twin Harbors, and the final word should be out in the next day or two,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks are closed for the season.
Digging: Soon

Rating: 4 stars

Marine areas Lingcod fishing is very good outside of Shilshole and Edmonds marina jetties; Scatchet Head and Possession Bar off the south side of Whidbey Island; south of Hat Island; southeast of Alki Point near the green buoys; Point Evans; and Toliva Shoals. Puget Sound south of the Narrows Bridge remains open for salmon but was spotty. Good for lingcod and rockfish at Sekiu.
Biting: Maybe

Rating: 2 stars