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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 14, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Sekiu and Port Angeles hatchery king season ends Wednesday, but still plenty of nice coho around to catch

The hatchery chinook fishery in the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Sekiu to Port Angeles closes after Wednesday, Aug. 15, but hatchery coho numbers continue to build daily.

“The coho are increasing especially toward the end of last week,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife sample checker in the Strait. “There are also some bigger coho mixed in up to 8 to 9 pounds.”

Bennett says the Port Angeles area was approaching better than a chinook per boat average along with a few hatchery coho.

“They are still getting some fish at Port Angeles, but it was foggy and windy during the past day,” Bennett said. “It was about half a chinook per boat at Sekiu, and close to a coho per boat so they’re starting to build.”

“There are lots of fish around this summer,” Bennett said. “We’ve had steady fishing since it opened, and I’m guessing this was the best we’ve seen in about 20 years around Port Angeles.”

Bennett says there aren’t a lot of big chinook around and most were 8 to 12 pounds, and lots into the teens.

“We’ve also seen a few in the lower 20s, but were just not seeing the real big ones,” Bennett said. “My fishing partner recently got a 21 pounder.”

Anglers were also still catching a fair amount of hatchery kings at Port Townsend.

“Still some pretty good numbers of chinook around Port Townsend, but not red hot by any means,” Bennett said.

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