There are only five more days left to go salmon fishing in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, but it sounds like it’s the hottest marine salmon fishery happening right now.
“They’ve been getting some nice late-returning hooknosed coho, and the main crowd is off the Port Angeles Buoy (four miles west of Ediz Hook) and the entrance buoy to the shipping lanes,” Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife checker in the Strait of Juan de Fuca said.
“We’re not quite sure where these coho are headed although the Dungeness River has been getting a lot of fish back,” Bennett said. “They’re also starting to pick up a few chums. Last year, the coho fishing wasn’t as good and this is one of the first years in October when we had some fish around.”
“I also heard there are late coho in some of the streams like the Quillayute system has been getting a lot of coho, and the Sooes River have been getting some coho too,” Bennett said.
A look at the Ediz Hook ramp in Port Angeles showed on Oct. 18 six boats with 10 anglers caught 14 coho and one chum; on Oct. 19, one boat with one angler caught two coho; on Oct. 20, 10 boats with 19 anglers caught 27 coho and one chum; on Oct. 21, 10 boats with 22 anglers caught one chinook, 37 coho and one chum; on Oct. 22, 12 boats with 26 anglers caught 43 coho; and on Oct. 23, 21 boats with 44 anglers caught one chinook, 58 coho and two chum.
At the Port Angeles West ramp on Oct. 19, eight boats with 19 anglers caught 27 coho and one chum; on Oct. 20, four boats with eight anglers caught 11 coho and one chum; on Oct. 21, six boats with 11 anglers caught one chinook, 19 coho and one chum; and on Oct. 23, nine boats with 20 anglers caught 28 coho and two chum.