▪ Pink salmon are still the main attraction right now in the North Sound.
▪ The pink run is starting to fade off Westport’s beaches, replaced with larger coho numbers.
▪ Air quality hasn’t been a problem for anglers on the Yakima River, who are doing well in the early mornings.
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WESTPORT: The pinks are starting to fade out, and a lot more coho are starting to show. Chinook are being caught at 30- to 40-foot depths near the windmills on the south beach. Bumpy water conditions keep anglers from having big success the past couple days, but improved weather reports suggest calmer waters.
NEAH BAY: On Aug. 21, Neah Bay reopened for chinook retention, according to a Washington Deportment of Fish and Wildlife press release. Anglers may now keep one chinook per day. It was closed earlier this season at catch rates soared, but they dropped in recent days allowing the WDFW to reopen the area.
NORTH SOUND: Pink salmon are still being caught in droves. At the Everett boat launch Sunday, each boat was averaging about six pinks. A fair number of coho are showing with a mix of resident and migratory fish. Residents are 2 to 4 pounds; the migratory fish are 5-10 pounds. Whidbey Island beach anglers are doing very well, as are Mukilteo beach anglers. Fishing for pinks should remain strong for at least two more weeks.
DRANO: Boat and bank anglers are finding success catching summer-run steelhead, 35 percent of which are hatchery fish. Chinook are also popping up in larger numbers. The salmonid daily limit is six fish, of which no more than three adults may be retained and no more than two can be hatchery steelhead. Chinook or coho (marked or unmarked) may be retained. Anti-snagging rule in effect. Barbless hooks required through September.
BUOY 10: From this point on, all chinook caught with an intact adipose fin must be released. Anglers are limited to one adult hatchery chinook with a clipped adipose fin as part of their daily catch. Chinook and coho numbers have been very high — this already is the sixth-highest chinook catch since 1982, accoring to a WDFW press release.
YAKIMA: The state still has limits on when fishing is allowed — the river is closed from 2 p.m. to midnight — but anglers are doing very well in the early mornings. The air quality hasn’t been an issue despite the rash of forest fires raging on that side of the state. Using regular nymphs is the best method for success.
PUYALLUP: A lot of pinks and quite a few chinook are being caught. The numbers are high for this time of year. Anglers are looking forward to the Carbon River opening on Sept. 1. Overall, fishing is strong right now.
COWLITZ: Summer steelhead are being caught between the hatcheries.
WIND: Boat anglers are finding some success with steelhead.
LOWER COLUMBIA: Twelve hundred anglers were sampled with a count of 88 adult and one jack chinook, along with 74 steelhead. Only four of the chinook were released, and 42 steelhead were kept.
SNOHOMISH: Fishing for pinks has been solid. There is a four-fish limit, and many anglers are reaching that number.
SKAGIT: The water has been a little off-color but still fishable.