The pink and coho action cooled down in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, but the hatchery king bite has picked up steam to some degree.
“It looks like at Sekiu the pinks and coho are not real strong, and dropped off a little bit with most people are concentrating on the chinook,” said Larry Bennett, the head checker in the Strait. “For chinook at Sekiu it was probably close to a fish per boat average, and by the weekend it picked up a little and was better than a fish per boat.”
The same could be said to Port Angeles where the catch rate was about a chinook per boat, and the pink bite there to had also cooled down from what it had been the week before.
“The big story was Port Townsend where on the (July 16) opener they had 79 boats with 169 anglers and 194 chinook,” Bennett said. “Then it started dropping off to around a fish per boat average. Most of the chinook we’ve seen are 10 to 20 pounds so a lot of nice fish.”
Other places where many were targeting kings were Freshwater Bay and Pillar Point in the Strait.