September 12, 2013 at 8:28 AM
Sekiu in western Strait opens Sunday for all coho fishing
Many anglers are waiting for the all coho (hatchery and wild) fishery in the western Strait of Juan de Fuca off Sekiu, which begins this Sunday through Sept. 30.
“It looks like the wild fish moved in there last week, and anglers were having to catch a lot of wild coho before they could keep a hatchery coho and that made the catch (and keep) rate go down,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife sampler in the Strait. “ The pink numbers are dropping down and fishing off Port Angeles this week went down some. It was also pretty slow out of Freshwater Bay area (on Tuesday) and we didn’t check very many fish.”
Bennett says there is a lot of Navy sumbmarine action going on in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and anglers planning on being out in the shipping lanes where the majority of coho hang are being warned to stay away.
“They are telling fishermen to get out of the shipping lanes as there is lots of military boats around,” Bennett said. “That can be a problem for fishermen as that’s ehere you want to be to catch coho.”
Looking further down the calendar both Sekiu and Port Angeles reopen Oct. 1-31 for chinook catch and keep fishing. Anglers may keep one chinook in a two-fish daily limit.
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