Spot shrimp fishery in eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca and western San Juan Islands has jumped from 80 to 160 shrimp daily.
Spend some quality time with dad on Father’s Day by checking out a wide range of fishing activities for salmon, trout, shad, shrimp and Dungeness crab.
By far the best choices in the days ahead are for Dungeness crab and spot shrimp in open marine waterways of Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca.
“I’ve been doing very well for shrimp, and with the bonus limits it has gotten the attention of many others in the San Juan Islands and eastern Strait (of Juan de Fuca),” said Tony Floor, the director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association.
The spot shrimp fishery is open daily in the eastern Strait and western San Juan Islands, with the daily catch limit jumping from 80 to 160 shrimp.
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Coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing is also open in the San Juan Island “East Area,” the east side of Whidbey Island, northern Puget Sound, south-central Puget Sound and southern Puget Sound.
Those looking to get a jump start on what should be another record catch season for Dungeness crabs should target them in southern Puget Sound, where catches have been fairly good in the Olympia area. Crabbing is allowed Thursdays through Mondays only.
Also open Thursday at 6 a.m., with fishing allowed Thursdays through Mondays only: Hood Canal, a section of northern Puget Sound north of the Hood Canal Bridge to a line connecting Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point, and Neah Bay and Sekiu in the western Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Elsewhere, the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, east side of Whidbey Island, northern Puget Sound, central Puget Sound and south-central Puget Sound open July 1 through Sept. 5. Fishing will be allowed Thursdays to Mondays only.
The shad fishery on Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam remains the hot topic along with chinook and steelhead options.
The season count is up to a whopping 766,420 shad. This past week, 778 anglers caught 2,534 shad and released 68 with most of the catch coming from just below the dam.
Hatchery chinook and steelhead fishing continues to blossom on the Lower Columbia, and beginning Thursday anglers can retain sockeye.
The Columbia River sockeye return continues to arrive on a record pace dating to at least 1938. Through Tuesday, a total of 40,729 sockeye have been counted at Bonneville Dam, and the run typically peaks around July 1. The preseason forecast this year is 101,600 (512,500 last year and the record was 648,361 in 2014).
Because of the forecast low return, the Columbia from Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco up to I-182 Bridge at Richland near Columbia Point, and from I-182 Bridge up to Priest Rapids Dam will be closed for sockeye retention from Thursday through Aug. 15. Fishing will remain open for hatchery chinook only.
If the run comes in much stronger than forecast, then there is an outside chance sockeye fishing may reopen.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Fisheries officials are targeting a completion date of June 24 for sport salmon fisheries in Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca and some local rivers. Stay tuned, as many areas open July 1. The coastal salmon fishing season also opens July 1 at Ilwaco, Westport, La Push and Neah Bay.
|Marine areas||Charter boats at Westport, Ilwaco, La Push and Neah Bay continue to report excellent catches of lingcod and black rockfish. All of Puget Sound closed for lingcod on Wednesday.|
|Biting: YesRating: ★★|
|Statewide rivers||Boat anglers were catching spring chinook from the I-5 Bridge upstream, and bank anglers did best around the barrier dam with summer steelhead caught from the Trout Hatchery downstream. The south bank of the Cowlitz from Mill Creek to 400 feet or posted markers below barrier dam reopens Thursday to fishing. A few spring chinook and steelhead caught on Kalama. Good for sturgeon catch and release on Lower Columbia from Woodland to Longview. Good for smallmouth bass and catfish in Yakima.|
|Biting: YesRating: ★★|
|Statewide lakes||Tacoma Power has released 4,000 trout into Mayfield Lake, and another 4,000 will be released next week. Klineline Pond in Clark County was planted June 6 with 2,000 trout, and Rowland Lake in Klickitat County received 2,500. Look for fair to good trout fishing in King County at Boren, Geneva, Meridian, Green, Cottage, Wilderness, Pine, Angle and Sawyer. In Pierce County try American which received a hefty plant of trout. Other lakes worth a try are Depression, Deer, Gissburg North and South, Mineral, Steel, Sylvia, Aberdeen, Roesiger, Blackmans, Flowing, Bosworth, Beaver, Lone, Cranberry, Sprague and Jameson. Good for walleye, bass and perch in Potholes Reservoir. Fair to good for lake trout and kokanee in Lake Chelan. Reminder: Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish are still closed to all fishing until the salmon-fishing impasse is resolved, hopefully around June 24.|
|Biting: YesRating: ★★★|