Anglers who fished the Strait of Juan de Fuca hatchery chinook opener Monday (July 1) found some nasty weather.
Strong easterly winds howled through the passage whipping up the water into a frothy mess, and fog in the eastern Strait along with winds persisted for most of the morning.
“At Sekiu it was pretty rough and windy, and there wasn’t much happening,” said Larry Bennett, the head fish sampler in the Strait.
“I went out to (Ediz) hook boat ramp this morning, and the first four boats had eight kings up to 25 pounds,” Bennett said. “The (Port Angeles) West ramp had 18 fish for nine boats up to 19 pounds, and the average was 10 pounds.”
Bennett says most of the action around Port Angeles came just outside the hook and along the shoreline.
“Spoons and hootchies were catching them, and it was pretty foggy right into the beach, but it was starting to clear with blue skies (at 10 a.m.),” Bennett said. “A lot of people decided to not go out and this morning it was blowing 10 to 15 miles per hour with fog, which isn’t a good mix.”