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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 17, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Lots of salmon fishing fun to be had throughout Western Washington

Here is what Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood had to say about fishing this week:

“As far as the saltwater goes there is a mish mash of things to do, and decent numbers of king salmon available and those targeting them are doing relatively well,” Chamberlain said. “Also a lot of resident coho around, which are 4 to 5 pounds and fishing hasn’t been too bad, plus we are seeing the first of ocean coho catches weighing 8 to 10 pounds.”

“Fairly good for pink salmon, but they are staging well just yet at Humpy Hollow, and that probably has to do with the sheer volume of water coming out of the Snohomish.”

“The Snohomish River opened up (Tuesday, Aug. 16), and John Thomas with Rotten Chum Guide Service hooked about 30 pinks, and got 20 to the hand fishing below the 522 Bridge,” Chamberlain said.

Another person I know fished around Highway 9 below Snohomish, and had about 20 pinks they caught and released.”

The Skagit is putting out fairly decent numbers of pinks, and the river is dropping a little bit and that opened up some of the bar areas. The upper portion opened above Mt. Vernon. The Skykomish opened up below the Lewis Street Bridge.”

“I got good reports of pinks out of Lincoln Park (in West Seattle) and Dash Point Park pier. The Skokomish River is turning out the kings, and the Samish is turning out a few kings.”

“There is a ton of stuff to do right now, plus there are a few sockeye still being caught up at Baker Lake, although they stopped the trucking of fish from the fishtrap to the lake.”

The west side of Whidbey Island is good for pinks for the bankies,” Chamberlain said. “We are still hearing of huge numbers of pinks at Neah Bay, Sekiu and Port Angeles, so those should be coming down the bend soon and it looks like a very strong pink run.”

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