October 14, 2013 at 10:22 AM
Strait of Juan de Fuca still producing good fall coho action
The migrating coho fishing action continues to be good in the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Sekiu to Port Angeles.
“There are still a bunch of fish around Port Angeles, and folks did pretty good and we had some big checks of fish,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife fish checker. “”We’ve also had a couple chum show up here and there, and just an occasional chinook, but most folks are fishing out in the shipping lanes targeting coho about 3 or 4 miles or more.”
At the Ediz Hook boat launch on Oct. 11, 31 boats with 63 anglers had 92 coho; and Oct. 12, 29 boats with 54 anglers had one chinook and 46 coho.
At the Port Angeles west ramp on Oct. 12, 16 boats with 42 anglers had 71 coho; and Oct. 13, 34 boats with 72 anglers had one chinook and 72 coho.
Val Olson at Olson’s Resort in Sekiu who hosted the Coho and King Salmon Derby this past weekend saw good fishing and a decent turnout of anglers.
“The last I heard the fish counter told me we had 200 fish counted on Saturday,” said Olson who mentioned Sekiu is open until Nov. 1 and the docks will remain in the water.
The winner’s for the largest chinook was Lyman Moore’s with a 14.4 pound chinook; Danny Myking with 10.2 pound chinook; and Travis Hunter with a 8.2 pound chinook.
In the coho division, Brock Guenther had a 13.5 pound coho; Casey French with a 12.8 pound coho; and Lyle Sparks with a 11.9 pound coho.
In the Kids Division, Nora Parker had a 8.9 pound salmon; 2nd place was Hailey Clemmons with an 8.1 pound fish; and 3rd was Robert Comstock III with an 8.1 pound fish.
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