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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 14, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Puget Sound coho fishing remains hot heading into the weekend

The coho express continues to stream into Puget Sound, and many anglers were still scoring two-salmon daily limits with ease today (Friday, Sept. 14).

We launched out of the Eddie Vine ramp at Shilshole Bay for the mid-morning bite, and had three quick chances and landed one coho right off Meadow Point.

The state Fish and Wildlife checker at the ramp saw 52 boats with 168 coho by 1:30 p.m., and says the fishing was red hot during the early morning hours.

Reports up north showed equally as good coho fishing off Edmonds, the Shipwreck to Mukliteo, Browns Bay, Possession Bar and both sides of Whidbey Island.

For those wondering if this will come to an end anytime soon, might be happy to know that coho fishing up in the Strait of Juan de Fuca was still very good from Sekiu to Port Angeles the past two days.

Bank anglers were hooking decent catches of coho off Lagoon Point, Bush Point and Fort Casey; southeast side of Whidbey Island; Marrowstone Island; and Picnic Point Park near Lynnwood.

The Everett Coho Derby is Sept. 22-23, which is the grand finale of Northwest Salmon Derby Series, and largest derby on the West Coast. Cost is $25, and kids 12 and under are free. Last year, 1,904 anglers caught 673 coho.

For details, visit the Everett Coho Derby website.

Other fisheries on tap:

Grays Harbor opens for chinook Sunday, Sept. 16 through Oct. 7. Some of these kings in this shallow water fishery along the south channel markers are known to hit 30 to 40-plus pounds.

The La Push late salmon bubble fishery opens Sept. 29 to Oct. 14.

The Westport Boat Basin Salmon Derby is Saturday, Sept. 15 through Oct. 31, as anglers fish the inner-marina piers target returning fish. The “derby within the derby” is Oct. 6-7.

All coho (hatchery and wild) become fair game off Sekiu this Saturday, Sept. 15 through Sept. 30. From Oct. 1-31, Sekiu and Port Angeles anglers may keep one chinook in a two-fish daily limit.

Chum may be kept Oct. 1-31 in northern and central Puget Sound. The fall and winter chum forecast is 983,907. Hatchery chinook may also be kept in central Sound starting Oct. 1.

Lake Washington opens for coho beginning this Sunday, Sept. 16 north of 520 Bridge and east of Montlake Bridge.

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