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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 4, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Sekiu king fishery off to a good start, and a surprise showing of nice-sized hatchery coho

The Sekiu area in the Strait of Juan de Fuca is off to a great start, but angler turnout has been on the light side and that just might change once people get word of the good fishing.

“King fishing is off to a good start,” said Chris Mohr, owner of Van Riper’s Resort at Sekiu. “We’ve got a really good mixed bag of fish with chinook between 4 and 20 pound, and the silvers (coho) are in the 5 to 6 pound range.”

“We’ve had kings around for a month solid,” Mohr said. “It is a light crowd, and we are busy and maybe having the opening day on a Sunday could be thereason. But, we aren’t as busy as last year, and I’ve had a motel room open for the last three nights.”

Mohr says a lot of guys who had been fishing off Waadah Island at Neah Bay had been catching kings in the 20 pound range, and many appeared to be Fraser River stock fish. They tend to resemble footballs with fat bellies and many have a flesh that is prized by anglers.

“I know a tribal kid who has been hitting these fish consistently off Cape Flattery, and he followed them down to Pillar Point, and a lot of them were white meated kings (many Fraser River stock kings are known to have white flesh) and many were predominantly hatchery fish,” Mohr said.

On Sunday, “the good king bite was of the Caves, and there was king caught from the Sekiu River to Pillar Point, and I know one guy who was jigging and did well catching four kings in the high teens off the Coal Mines,” Mohr said. “There have also been lots of limits by anglers on the bait (mooching herring).”

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