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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 19, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Northern coast lingcod fishery off to a great start

14-Walsh and gang

(A nice caught of lingcod for Brandon Bahr, Dan Walsh, Mike Nord, Jon Walsh, and Mike Tinnes during the Neah Bay opening day on Wednesday. They caught their fish with white one tail Power Baits. Photo courtesy of Big Salmon Resort.)

Here’s a lingcod fishing report from Joey Lawrence of Big Salmon Fishing Resort in Neah Bay:

“We opened for lingcod on the 16th fishing was good lots of ling around most of the fish were caught inside around sailrock third beach area heard most of the ling were caught in 60 to 80 feet of water,” Lawrence said. “Most fishermen had there 6 to 10 seabass to go along with there ling so made for a good day of fishing.hope the weather gets good and fishing will get awesome.”

The Neah Bay season has a daily limit of two lingcod and six black or blue rockfish bass in the western Strait of Juan de Fuca, and two lingcod and ten rockfish in the ocean.

Elsewhere fishing has been decent for perch, rockfish, lingcod, flounder and kelp greenling off the Westport South Jetty. At other coastal ports like at Westport, La Push, and Ilwaco it remains very good for lingcod and black rockfish.

Other important dates:

April 26, opening day of trout fishing in statewide lowland lakes; May 1, lingcod fishing opens many parts of Puget Sound; May 1, Ilwaco opens for halibut fishing; May 3, Puget Sound opens for spot shrimp season; May 4, Westport opens for halibut fishing; May 9-10, Marine Catch Areas 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 open for halibut fishing; May 15, La Push and Neah Bay opens for halibut fishing; and May 17, Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby.

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