Word is quickly spreading on this gorgeous day in the Puget Sound region about how the Puget Sound lingcod opener fared with some getting their lings and others struggling.
“I would say it was OK fishing, but not as good as I expected it would be,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett. “We didn’t get a dozen of lingcod in three hours like I thought, and we had to work for them.”
Krein said the water was flat calm and just a “gorgeous day” to be on the water.
“I definitely know there was 75 to 100 boats on Possession Bar this morning, and a big crowd of anglers in everything from a small inflatable Zodiac to a 40-footer,” Krein said. “I saw saw some guys catch fish and saw a few others who didn’t have anything.”
The folks Krein talked to reporter anywhere from three to four lingcod per boat.
“Everything we did to catch the lings came on sand dabs (flounder), and they were relatively easy to catch and more easier to catch than the lingcod,” Krein said. “We didn’t have any oversize lingcod.”
Anglers fishing in open marine areas for lingcod have a minimum size limit of 26 inches and a maximum size of 36 inches with a one-fish daily limit.
“Our other charter boat had one that was right on the line of 39 inches, but all of our fsih were 32 to 34 inches,” said Krein whose customers hooked six and brought three into the boat.
The lingcod fishing season in the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Sekiu to Port Angeles, San Juan Islands and all of Puget Sound is open May 1 to June 15. Fishing is closed in Hood Canal.
Try for lingcod outside the Elliott Bay, Shilshole and Edmonds marina jetties; Scatchet Head and Possession Bar off the south side of Whidbey Island; south of Hat Island; southeast of Alki Point near the green buoys; Point Evans; and Toliva Shoals.
Lingcod fishing in the ocean off Westport, Ilwaco, La Push and Neah Bay has also been excellent. The minimum size off the coast is 22 inches with a two-fish daily limit. Charter boats were also reporting fairly easy catches of black rockfish.