Published August 22, 2012
Local salmon rivers have yet to produce any consistent action, while the Skokomish River action seems to have slowed. Anglers fishing in Marine Areas 9 and 10 are reminded they must release any chinook salmon they catch under a new rule issued by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The closure took effect Monday, 12 days earlier than scheduled, and does not affect fishing for other salmon, including coho. Some piers in the two areas will also remain open to chinook retention. The early closure was needed to keep encounters with wild chinook salmon within allowable limits. SALT WATER Sekiu: The fishing has dropped off, but a good number of coho are still being caught. The number of anglers has dropped since the area closed to keeping of chinook. North Sound: The Edmonds Pier might be worth a stop. Anglers there Monday hooked 17 chinook and landed 10. The beaches off Point No Point and on Whidbey Island have been producing good catches of coho. South Sound: Salmon anglers have been having some luck catching chinook and a handful of coho. The fish are scattered, with anglers hooking fish off the Gig Harbor shoreline, Point Dalco, the slag pile and the clay banks. Most people are trolling flashers with bait or hoochies, running their gear 60-90 feet deep early and 30-120 feet deep during the day. Anglers are catching a few chinook in Marine Area 13. Westport: The salmon fishing has been good in recent days, with people heading 10-12 miles out to find chinook and coho. Albacore tuna anglers are finding lots of fish 40-50 miles out. LAKES Chelan: Trolling for lake trout near Mill Bay early in the morning and late in the evening has been producing some good catches. There have been reports that kokanee are schooling off the Painted Rocks near Stehekin in preparation for their run up the river. Drano: Including fish released, boat anglers averaged just over a steelhead per rod. A few fall chinook also are being caught. Tapps: People are catching a few tiger muskies, mainly by trolling bucktails in deeper water than normal. RIVERS Buoy 10: The fishing improved for Chinook over the weekend. A few coho are also being caught. Columbia, below Bonneville Dam: Last week the state sampled 2,347 anglers who had 268 steelhead, 109 adult and 10 jack fall chinook and one sockeye, plus the first coho and cutthroat of the season. Just more than 500 boats and 400 bank anglers were counted during Saturday’s effort flight count. Columbia, upper river: The chinook bite is heating up in the Brewster Pool. The kings are not too dark and will bite Super Baits, plug cut Super Baits and plug cut herring. Cowlitz: Anglers are catching steelhead between the hatcheries and near the mouth. Nisqually: There are fish in the river, but anglers have yet to figure out what will get them to bite. Puyallup: Not many reports of success, but anglers are catching an occasional coho using orange corkies and yarn. The odd chinook has been caught as well. Skokomish: The river has been hot one day and dead the next. People are having success using corkies and yarn, drifting eggs or using beads and yarn. A lot of fish are weighing 10-15 pounds, and there was a report of a 35-pounder being caught. Wynoochee: The steelhead fishing is picking up. People are reporting catching fish drift fishing with shrimp. firstname.lastname@example.org 253-597-8640 blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure Contributing to this report were Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center, Art Tachell at Point Defiance Boathouse, Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, washingtonlakes.com and Westport Charter Association.