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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 23, 2012 at 2:45 PM

King bite cools in the Strait, but coho fishing picks up around Sekiu

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Salmon fishing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca has taken a turn for the better for one specific species.

While hatchery king fishing has slowed down it appears the hatchery coho bite has improved dramatically.

“Out at Sekiu the chinook numbers have dropped down and coho numbers have picked up,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife sampler in the Strait. “The coho aren’t that big with an occasional 7 or 8 pounder showing up in the catches.”

Fish checks from the Strait:

Van Riper’s Resort, Sekiu – July 18: Seven boats with 14 anglers caught three chinook and 15 coho; July 19: 30 boats with 71 anglers caught 27 chinook and 23 coho; July 20: 21 boats with 46 anglers caught 11 chinook and 22 coho; July 22: 35 boats with 74 anglers caught 16 chinook and 60 coho.

Olson’s Resort, Sekiu – July 16: 72 boats with 176 anglers caught 42 chinook, 39 coho and one sockeye; July 18: Five boats with 12 anglers caught five chinook, nine coho; July 19: 46 boats with 101 anglers caught 23 chinook, 53 coho, eight rockfish, one flounder and one kelp greenling; July 20: 37 boats with 80 anglers caught nine chinook and 35 coho; July 21: 124 boats with 317 anglers caught 33 chinook, 291 coho, four kelp greenling and 16 rockfish; July 22: 61 boats with 142 anglers caught 17 chinoo, 124 coho, 11 rockfish and six kelp greenling.

Curley’s Straitside Resort, Sekiu – July 19: Nine boats with 25 anglers caught12 chinook, eight coho and four flounder; July 22: Nine boats with 22 anglers caught five chinook and 14 coho.

Freshwater Bay ramp – July 17: 15 boats with 26 anglers caught 15 chinook; July 20: 10 boats with 17 anglers caught two chinook; July 22: 18 boats with 26 anglers caught nine chinook and 11 coho.

Ediz Hook ramp, Port Angeles – July 16: 23 boats with 40 anglers caught two chinook; July 18: 21 boats with 37 anglers caught 26 chinook; July 19: 47 boats with 88 anglers caught 33 chinook; July 20: 13 boats with 22 anglers caught 12 chinook; July 21: 65 boats with 138 anglers caught 45 chinook and six coho; July 22: 26 boats with 33 anglers caught 21 chinook and three coho.

John Wayne Marina, Sequim – July 22: Four boats with 10 anglers caught four chinook.

(Photo courtesy of Peter Rosko. Pictured is Eric Thomson with two chinook he caught while vertical jigging a 2 ounce Kandlefish jig in a flat green back with a pearl white belly.)

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