Salmon anglers along the Strait of Juan de Fuca are rolling out the red carpet for some decent hatchery king fishing, including a one giant fish that was estimated to weight 41 or 42 pounds.
“The big king was weighed-in at Swain’s in Port Angeles, and was caught in the eastern Strait over the weekend,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife checker in the Strait. “There was also a good bite at Freshwater Bay, and a lot of fish caught on Sunday. I saw four fish that came in on one boat and all the fish were in the teens.”
A check at the Ediz Hook ramp in Port Angeles on Sunday showed 50 boats with 109 anglers had 17 chinook.
Elsewhere in the western Strait at Sekiu, Bennett says the pink action picked up and the chinook average was close to a fish per boat and spiked up pretty good on Friday.
At Olson’s Resort in Sekiu, 76 boats with 193 anglers Friday had 103 chinook, seven hatchery coho and 124 pinks, which was the high day.
By Saturday, 63 boats at Olson’s ramp and dock had 36 chinook, 107 pinks and 21 hatchery coho, and at Olson’s East 89 boats had 38 chinook, 112 pinks and 17 hatchery coho.
“It looks like pinks are in the upswing, and just a few hatchery coho caught,” Bennett said. “It is foggy today (Monday, Aug. 5) at Sekiu.”