Now that the majority of pinks have cleared the waterways from the Strait of Juan de Fuca clear into Puget Sound many anglers are now soaking up the bounty of coho arriving.
The Puget Sound forecast calls for about 880,000 coho salmon, better known as “silvers,” that are now migrating not only in marine areas but clear up into many local river systems.
At Sekiu in the western Strait, anglers have been scoring near or limits of two coho daily, and just to the east Port Angeles was also decent although you can only keep hatchery coho in eastern Strait.
“We saw some big numbers of coho at Sekiu, and lots of wild coho being caught out there,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife checker in Strait, whose samplers checked over 3,300 fish last week. “The coho aren’t as big as last year and in the 7 to 10 pound range, and a big one is 12 to 13 pounds. We aren’t seeing the bigger ones in the upper teens.”
“The rain seems to be moving them in, and fishing also picked up at Port Angeles, although you have to release the wild one,” Bennett said. “You have to weed through a bunch of wild ones to catch the hatchery coho.”
Starting Oct. 1-31 anglers at Sekiu and Port Angeles can keep two salmon daily, and one may be a chinook.