The early word is the hatchery-marked chinook fishery in the Strait of Juan de Fuca at Sekiu and Port Angeles is off the charts good.
“We saw lots of fish caught with pretty good checks at Sekiu, and there was also a few coho around,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife checker in the Strait.
“The fish were anywhere from blackmouth size (immature chinook in the 4 to 8 pound range) up to the low 20 pound category, and lots of kings in the mid-teen range.”
Here are some of the checks from the July 1 opener:
Ediz Hook at Port Angeles: 49 boats with 106 anglers caught 73 chinook. West ramp at Port Angeles: 23 boats with 54 anglers caught 34 chinook.
Olson’s Resort main dock at Sekiu: 53 boats with 127 anglers caught 75 chinook and 21 coho. Olson’s Resort east dock at Sekiu: 42 boats with 103 anglers caught 51 chinook and 48 coho.
The Port Townsend ramp (anglers in Marine Catch Area 9 can keep coho only) saw three boats with seven angler and no fish.