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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 22, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Many areas offering good fall fishing for anglers to pursue in the coming days

Here is what the local tackle shop owners, fisheries biologists and others had to say about the local fishing scene:

Jerry Beppu, owner of Linc’s Tackle Shop in Seattle: “Guys are still going after the pinks, and still doing quite well on perch and bass in Lake Washington. Squid jigging is going well especially at Pier 86, they’re still doing OK on squid at the Des Moines Pier. There is a good assortment of fishing going on right now. Down at the (Spokane Street) bridge area they are knocking them dead on pinks.”

Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett, but is based this summer in Shilshole Bay: “It is not red-hot by any means, but we’ve had a few decent days of fishing and there are some nice larger ocean coho around. We’ve gotten couple of decent fish and the last couple of days I know a person who caught seven each day. I haven’t seen any (Everett) derby winner-size coho yet. By my guess I’m sure the winner will come from triangle area that covers Edmonds to the Shipwreck to Mukilteo and the west side of Possession Bar. That is where the winner has come from a lot of years and not many coho are in the rivers just yet.”

“I’ve been going back and forth between Meadow Point and West Point basically running circles and not leaving the area. We have caught very few coho below 70 feet, and even in the middle of the day most everything has been shallow like 30 to 60 feet.”

Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Vancouver: “There have been some coho taken in the Lower Columbia, and some fish up into the teens, and it has been up to a fish per rod at Buoy-10 at time and a few chinook.”

Gary Ryan, manager of Van Riper’s Resort in Sekiu: “It is slow, and Doug Milward (the state Fish and Wildlife coastal salmon resource manager) told Chris Mohr (owner of Van Riper’s Resort) that there was a lot coho out in the ocean, and we haven’t had much rain to drive those fish inside. (On Wednesday) I am seeing some really nice fish coming in, and one person got one over 15 pounds, and I’ve seen half dozen that were really big fish into the high teens. All of them are quality fish, and we just need some rain and once we get that there will be fish everywhere.”

Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood: “Bascically we had a hot coho bite on Friday, and then the weather was on the inclement side on Saturday and Sunday, and they did get some fish during that time, but also lost a lot of fish. On Monday everyone did very well, and Tuesday they did exceptionally well.”

Chamberlain said state Fish and Wildlife checks from the Everett boat ramp on Monday showed about a two coho-per-boat average, and many were coming back with their two-fish daily catch limits.

“One of the guys at Scatchet Head had six coho in an hour, and then went back out the next day and caught nothing in the same spot. People need to realize that these coho are moving and not staying in one spot, so where you get them in one hour, you might not get them in the next hour. I’m optimistic we should have good coho fishing for a while.”

“I heard great reports from Scatchet Head and the shoreline beaches from Mukilteo south to Edmonds, and the shipping lanes between Possession and Mukilteo. Most of the coho are being caught in 50 to 60 feet of water. There is an odd pink salmon still being caught in the saltwater but very few and far in between.”

“The humpies in the rivers aren’t in the tidal parts of the river, but are further up in the free flowing sections of the (Snohomish, Stillaguamish, Skykomish, Skagit and Snoqualmie). You are seeing all kinds of pinks from the chrome bright ones to the dead ones. Humpies are on their last hurrah, and fishing for them is well past their prime.”

“Some people chasing trout are doing quite well, and as the weather starts to cool the lakes and holdover trout are starting to perk up, but very few people doing that. Lake Washington perch fishing is going pretty good, and they are doing well on those and lots of opportunity to put fillets in the freezer. A fair number of coho in the rivers, and a lot of guys are fishing in the tidal sections of the Skagit.”

Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife coastal salmon biologist in Montesano: “It has kind of died off everywhere. Neah Bay closed for good now, and they ended up with 0.24 fish per person last week. La Push was 0.95 fish per person, and will reopen on Sept. 24, and they might see a few more fish caught. It was mostly coho, and they saw only a few chinook last week.”

“At Westport fishing is now closed, but they ended up with a 1.09 fish per person average, and thst was not a bad way to end it. There it was mostly coho and few chinook. At Ilwaco they had a 0.50 fish per person average and almost all coho with a few chinook thrown in there. It was pretty slow down there. Ilwaco is open through Sept. 30.”

“We didn’t see a whole lot coming from Buoy-10. I did see a few tuna trips taken out of Westport, and it actually picked back up last week. I saw one boat with 13 per tuna per angler, and that is quite a bit. And most other boats were in the eight to 11 tuna range pretty consistently.”

“I was at Morrison Park, and lost of fish (Wednesday morning). We are hearing rumors of boats getting a few coho in Grays Harbor, and a few actually had good catches, and close to limits. We had a guy from the office and for his boat of five people they limited out. It was about half a fish per boat. Most of the coho were being caught up in the Chehalis area. There were some guys fishing out at Johns River, but we aren’t sampling there. We will start sampling later this week at the 28th Street launch, and down at Cosi (Cosmopolis).”

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